The Joan Kroc, Institute of the University of San Diego in the United States has awarded Alice Nderitu, a commissioner with the NCIC as a woman Peace-Maker of the Year.
The award recognises her human rights and peace building work in Kenya and also in the region and for setting up the human rights education department of the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights. The award also recognised her for spearheading the UWIANO platform in 2010 which is also now being used as an alert system for the country during the up-coming elections in 2013.
Prior to her role as an NCIC commissioner, Nderitu worked as a prison officer, a teacher and a reporter before joining the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights in 2003 as its first staff member. There she created and headed the commission’s human rights education department and pioneered the first human rights curriculum for public officers and worked to bring the human rights agenda into prisons work.
For several years, Nderitu has been training law enforcement and military officers on civil-military cooperation and the rule of law at the International Military Peace Support Training College and at the Rwanda Military Academy.
She also directed the Education for Social Justice Program for Fahamu, a UK-based charity, facilitating human rights and conflict prevention training for civil society in Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Uganda.