Wanja Muguongo is a queer African feminist, social justice activist, and movement builder. She is Founder and Executive Director of UHAI East African Sexual Health and Rights Initiative, Africa's first indigenous activist-led fund supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and sex worker activism in Eastern Africa with funding, capacity support, research, and convening.
Passionate about work that supports social justice, equality, non-discrimination, and a respect for human rights, Wanja has worked within East Africa's civil society, and in India and Pakistan. She has edited and collaborated on various publications and papers, and she is a Synergos Senior Fellow (2014).
In Africa, we are working on critical issues for which we can make significant progress, but these successes are not sustainable if donors make weak or incorrect investments. Global funders need to recognize that human rights advocacy investments must be strategic. And for them to be strategic and sustainable, they need to be informed by the target beneficiaries and responsive to the specific needs those people articulate.