National Director, AkiDwA

Salome Mbugua Henry


Commissioner for Irish Human Rights and Equality, Salome Mbugua is a researcher, gender equality activist and human right advocate. She is the founder of AkiDwA -The Migrant Women’s Network where she works as the head of operations and strategy. Salome has over 20 years’ experience of working with under-represented groups in particular women, children, and the youth, in Europe, Africa and Internationally.

Since 2015 she has been supporting the development of Wezesha, an African Diaspora led-development organization supporting women and children who are affected, or are likely to be affected by conflicts, violence, war and poverty, with piloting projects in Kenya and the DRC. Through this organization, Salome has been working with members of the African Diaspora in Ireland and has conducted research with women from armed conflict countries and the African Diaspora in Ireland to inform policy and the work of the organization in general.

Salome holds a Master’s degree in Equality Studies from UCD and is her final year of undertaking Doctorate research at Trinity College Dublin in International Peace Studies

Her strong belief in equality and justice has shaped her career, leading to engagement with policy makers at national, European and international level. Salome serves on various boards and advisory groups in Ireland and at the European level; she is the president of European Network of Migrant Women and sits on the EU Expert group on Economic Migration. Salome also sits on the Observatory experts group on Violence against Women with the European Women’s Lobby and is 2015 OHCHR-UN Fellow of people of African Descent and 2010 Eisenhower Fellow on women Leadership.