From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011
Entrant: Meredeth Turshen
Nominee: Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng, Executive Director of Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange
Ruth Ojiambo Ochieng is the Executive Director of Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange. Under her leadership, Isis-WICCE advocates for the rights of women in more than 50 countries through training and skills building, documents women’s realities, and urges governments and international bodies to recognize women’s voices.
Since 1997 she has coordinated documentation of violations of women’s human rights in situations of armed conflict in Uganda, southern Sudan, Liberia, Burundi, and Sierra Leone. She writes about women’s human rights, conflict resolution, and gender based violence.