Tade Aina of the Ford Foundation sends excellent news:
As you all might have heard, our friend and colleague, Betty Murungi, Director for Africa, Urgent Action Fund, was awarded the Kenya National honor of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear by President Kibaki for her work mainly with civil society and human rights issues. Betty was one of the very few women honored and one of the youngest on the list.
I have finally being able to get a copy of the citation from Betty. please join us all in the Nairobi office in congratulating Betty Murungi for the recognition of the important work in the field of women's rights and philanthropy. It is indeed an honor to the field.
Of Honours and Awards
To be bestowed by
Hon.Mwai Kibaki, C.G.H., MP.
President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Kenya
At State House, Nairobi
ON JAMHURI DAY
Friday, 12th December,2003
Ms Betty Murungi
"Ms Murungi was born on 25th December 1960 in Meru South District. She is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya and currently serves as director, Urgent Action Fund – Africa. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Murungi served as legal advisor to the Women’s rights Program at Rights & Democracy, Montreal Canada. She was a member of the International Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). Ms Murungi sits on the board of the East African Center for Constitutional Development, Kampala Uganda. She is actively involved in matters of Human Rights of Women, gender, governance, and rule of law, democracy, constitutional development and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission, Sierra Leone. Ms Murungi has authored several articles and book chapters in international law. She is awarded the Moran of the Burning Spear (M.B.S.) for her excellent achievements in matters of law."