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Kate Mukungu

Kate -Mukungu ,-Social -Sciences -Ph D-studnet ,-Northumbria -UniversityPhD Project ‘Women’s violence against women activism in divided and contested societies’

The elevation of the previously taboo subject of violence against women to a significant global human rights issue has been described as one of the main achievements of the transnational women’s movement.  From this it is clear that women’s collective activism can result in positive outcomes.   But what about recently contested societies where women’s unity and the potential for collective activism may be impacted by wider divisions that prevail? How do women activists come together to campaign for violence against women to be addressed? Do they develop strategies to work through divisions or do they restrict their focus to their own community of identity?  

Learning from life history narratives of women activists from Namibia and Northern Ireland will address these questions and explore concepts such as solidarity and reconciliation in the context of both societies.


I commenced my PhD in 2014 and have been Chief Executive of a local women’s mental health organisation, since 2008.  I am a member of the North East Third Sector Research Group working to bring the worlds of academia and practice closer together.  Other research interests include alternatives to neoliberalism and sustainable responses to HIV.  Past roles in the voluntary and community (or NGO) sector career include managing substance misuse / criminal justice services in North East England, HIV services in Namibia and community development / peace and reconciliation youth work in Northern Ireland. I also have an extensive history of voluntary work and community activism. 

Conference Papers

Northumbria Post Graduate Researchers Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne (30 March 2015) Women’s Violence against Women Activism in Contested and Divided Societies’

Human Rights, Transitional Justice and Peace Building Conference, University of Ulster, Belfast (7th Nov 2014) ‘Women’s Human Rights Activism in Contested and Divided Societies’

Northumbria Research Conference, Newcastle upon Tyne (21 and 22 May 2014). ‘No Namibian will die as a result of a shortage of funds: sustaining lifelong HIV treatment’

Recent Publication

Comhlámh ‘Sustaining Lifelong HIV Treatment in Namibia and Beyond’ Focus Magazine, Issue 94, January 2014.

Other Qualifications

PgCert Africa and International Development, University of Edinburgh, 2014
PgCert Innovation and Improving Performance, Teesside University, 2010
MSc Social Policy and Administration, University of Ulster, 2001
PgDip Social Policy and Administration, University of Ulster, 1996
BSc (Hons) Community Youth Work, University of Ulster, 1995


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