Elizabeth “Liz” Njeri Watiri

#inTheirVoice: “Never Walk the Journey Alone.”

“It has been such a coincidence that all my mentors, bosses and supervisors have been women.” –Elizabeth Njeri Watiri, IPD ‘18 (far-right)

“My name is Elizabeth Njeri Watiri; born and raised in Kenya. I am currently an MA, International Policy+Development (IPD) 4th semester student  specializing in Monitoring, Evaluation and Design. While still in college, I got myself involved in policy advocacy for reproductive health and rights of the adolescents and youth in Kenya. Because my focus is policy advocacy, I was inspired to apply for a Fulbright Scholarship soon after college and that’s how I found MIIS; a renowned policy school. Throughout my journey, it has been such a coincidence that all my mentors, bosses and supervisors have been women.They held my hand and showed me where to go and I have nothing but respect for them.

Being herself. Having fun.

I feel indebted to them in a way and I feel that the best way to repay them is to mentor young other African women back home. In her book; “Unbowed,” Professor Wangari Maathai says that she never walked alone in her journey and she urges that ‘just as trees have roots deep to the ground yet they reach the sky, we also need other people to walk together with and we need not forget where we came from (our roots)” Realizing that I have not come this far by myself, I do value and appreciate the strength we have when we work together. After all, as the saying goes,no man is an island!”

 

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