About Ruth Jepkemoi
I am an environmentalist with five years of experience in biodiversity conservation and wildlife management. The pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology marked a monumental step in shaping my professional journey in conservation. In 2019, I co-founded Kang4Nature, a volunteer youth group dedicated to executing environmental restoration projects in Nairobi, Kenya. This initiative showcased my leadership potential and eventually led me to assume the role of Programs Manager at CHD Conservation Kenya a grassroots organization committed to fostering public engagement in conservation through education and awareness programs, citizen research, and sustainable enterprise development. In this capacity, I have refined my skills in various areas, including curriculum development for youth engagement in conservation, promoting diversity and inclusion of indigenous women and girls in rangelands, stakeholder engagement, partnership cultivation, and fundraising. My commitment to leadership growth led me to participate in the Women in Conservation Leadership fellowship offered by the Centre for Protected Area Management at Colorado State University and the Project Management in Global Health program offered by the University of Washington. These experiences, along with my recent accomplishment of attaining a Master of Philosophy in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge, have contributed significantly to my skill set. While studying at the University of Cambridge, I collaborated with Fauna & Flora, an international conservation organization. My role involved developing guiding recommendations to promote gender-transformative approaches within the conservation sector. Additionally, I provided consulting services to UNEP-WCMC, where I focused on devising innovative strategies to turning complex National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) reports into impactful Summary for Policy Markers (SPMs). My journey reflects a blend of academic rigor, hands-on experience, and a profound commitment to driving positive change in conservation.
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Channels contributed to:Diversity, equity, inclusion Podcasts & webinars (recordings)
Rooms participated in:Let's welcome new members! Kang4Nature Upskilling Conservation Program
Kang4Nature invites you to a webinar that will spotlight initiatives using digital innovation for wildlife conservation, aligning with this year's World Wildlife Day theme, "Connecting people and planet: Exploring Digital Innovation in Wildlife conservation." Featuring diverse speakers and interactive sessions, the event aims to inspire and equip young conservationists with practical tools and resources.
Join us to explore how technology can empower the next generation to protect our planet's biodiversity.
Topic: Kang4Nature World Wildlife Day Webinar: Sunday 3rd March 3:00 - 4:20 pm EAT
Time: Mar 3, 2024 12:00 PM London
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Meeting ID: 853 3788 1037
Amazing resources are on here, thanks for sharing Chloe, Laura, Martha, Flor and Lindsey!
Just looping in some people who could spread the word about this: @Lucy Boddam-Whetham , @Lea Kaplani , @Lucy Tallents , @Jessie Panazzolo , @Farid Uddin Ahmed , @Zoe Walker , @Xyomara Carretero Pinzon , @Ruth Jepkemoi , @Shaleen Attre @Christell Chesney , @Grace Pounsin , @Grace Alawa , @Eberechi Cecilia Osuagwu, Wildhub Advocate , @Muthoni Njuguna , @Elizabeth Githendu , @Fai Collins Ndi , @Aiita Joshua Apamaku , @Nerissa Chao
@Ghyslain Mabaya : There is a Stakeholder Engagement course in French on the CFC site too. Perhaps of interest to your ABA? Please find it here.
Thank you @Thirza Loffeld This is really beneficial to conservation professionals. I will spread the word.
A warm welcome to WildHub Ruth! Wonderful to have you join us! What was the key recommendation from your work around promoting gender-transformative approaches in conservation?
Thank you, Thirza for the warm welcome. To give an overview, below are the approaches that can help promote gender transformative approaches on a project level.
1. Conducting thorough gender analysis in various settings to understand gender expectations, limitations, and possibilities.
2. Critical Reflection Spaces
3. Accountability Mechanisms
4. Using Participatory Approaches
The examples of how to implement these approaches are context-specific as gender is a social construct that is defined by social norms and intersects with other diverse factors, including class, ethnicity, social status, race, wealth and sexual orientation.
Happy to expound more!