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Banjul, 6 July, 2021 – Lydia Winyi Kembabazi has joined the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) as pioneer Advocacy Officer.

Lydia holds a Masters of Laws in Human Rights from the Central European University (Hungary/Austria) and has experience working on women and children’s rights, gender mainstreaming, legislative drafting and legal research in the NGO, academic and private sectors. She is a human rights lawyer with several years of experience in legal advocacy, access to justice, rule of law and human rights in Africa, Asia and Europe.

Following her appointment, Lydia said, “I am delighted to be part of the IHRDA team, and to contribute to the commendable work they are doing across Africa. Before joining IHRDA, I had been involved in some collaboration with IHRDA, and I look forward to working closely with all staff members, that together we may push forward the human rights agenda of the organization and make greater impact on the continent.”

On his part, Executive Director for IHRDA, Mr. Gaye Sowe, said, “Besides emerging as best candidate following a competitive recruitment process, I have known Lydia through projects jointly implemented with her previous employer. We are happy to have Lydia in our team, and we believe her wealth of experience will be quite useful in strengthening our work…”

Prior to joining IHRDA, Lydia who hails from Uganda was working as the Legal Manager at AdvocAid, Sierra Leone.