She was a Kenyan political and social activist who believed in the capacity of African women to determine their own status and place in society.
She transformed her political commitment to women, by promoting the highest standards of professionalism, organisational development principles and values.
She died on 12 October 2006 at Kenyatta National Hospital. This followed a coma that she had been fighting since 2003 from the Busia plane crash in which three people died.
A distinguished economist, Dr. Wanjiru Kihoro graduated from Columbia University and went on to earn an MA in Development Studies and a PhD at Leeds University.
Over the years she gained the respect and admiration of many for her dedication to matters of gender, equality, justice and democracy.
It was her tireless work in gender that persuaded FAS to name the Fellowship after her in honour of her work and achievements.
FAS recognises her as a role model for future generations, and hopes to foster in the candidate a commitment to some of these same values and causes.
Dr. Kihoro was married to Wanyiri Kihoro, former Member of Parliament for Nyeri and was a mother of 4 – Kui, Pambi, Amandla and Mim.