Valentine Special! We talk to activist couple Njoki Njehu and Soren Ambrose about how they met, balancing marriage & activism and what they have learned about fighting inequality over the last quarter of a century. The two met whilst campaigning in the late 90s during the huge protests against the World Bank and the IMF and have been involved in the fight against inequality ever since.
Njoki is the pan-Africa coordinator of the Fight Inequality Alliance and leads the Daughters of Mumbi in Kenya who fight for women’s’ land rights. Growing up, together with her mother she worked closely with Wangari Maathai, the Nobel Prize winning environmentalist, helping her fight back against the oppression of the Kenyan government. Together with Soren she was one of the leaders of the Fifty Years is Enough campaign to abolish the World Bank and the IMF
Soren is the Head of Policy at Action Aid. Together with Njoki, he was among the pioneers of the World Social Forum, held to challenge Davos. He was a key player in the 50 Years is Enough campaign.
They give us a feel for the huge protests against the World Bank and the IMF in 1999-2001 and the hard work that went into building such a successful global coalition- bringing together church groups, unions, environmentalists and anarchists. The reflect on the life of activists in Kenya under the oppressive regime of President Moi. They find hope in abundance in today’s activism but encourage todays millennial activists to work hard to learn from history too.
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