Janet Mbugua is a media influencer and gender rights advocate, especially when it comes to menstrual health. She started the Inua Dada Foundation, meaning “uplift the sister”, which works to change policy and provide education to girls and women in need with their period cycles. Among her many accomplishments, publishing her book “My First Time” is one of her most influential projects that includes conversations from women and men about menstruation.
As an extension of her passion for communication, storytelling and media expertise, Janet has hosted various events over the last 12 years. These include some of the following events hosted in front of a global audience:
- Moderator, SDGs Implementation Stakeholder Engagement New York, 2019
- MC/ Moderator, ICPD Global Summit Nairobi, 2019
- Speaker, TED Talk (TEDx) Nairobi, 2019
- Moderator, Women in Development Conference London, 2020
Janet’s media experience includes being a News Anchor, Reporter and Producer both in her country, Kenya and in South Africa. Her experience in Broadcast has seen her cover the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the 2007 and 2013 Kenya elections and the 2012 U.S Elections.
Her accolades and achievements include:
Top 40 under 40 Women in Kenya – The Top-40 Under-40 annual awards recognize outstanding achievements in various fields in the private and public sectors. Janet was recognized for her work as a Television Presenter/ Producer in discussing socio-economic issues and for the work she does through her Inua Dada Foundation.
Top 25 Women in Digital, Kenya – The award announced by Digital Africa, recognizes women who have directly or indirectly contributed to the growth and use of the digital space for personal and societal good. Janet is recognized as a passionate content creator and digital influencer. She uses her platforms to focus on discussing and exploring topical issues that seek to empower and bring social change.