Patience Nyange

Communications and media engagement specialist with 13 years’ working experience. Currently, I serve as an Assistant Director (Office of the Chairperson) at the Kenya National Human Rights Commission- a constitutionally mandated body keen on safeguarding and promoting human rights in Kenya. I support the Chairperson in her role and also support the Communications department with a view of ensuring message consistency, impact and positive change within internal and external public.

I have extensive experience with multi-stakeholder communication initiatives aimed at using communication as a tool for behaviour change, public engagement, state- society interaction and participatory community development. I bring media analysis, project design and evaluation skills and my academic grounding in communication and international relations to illuminate issues and expose gaps and possible intervention spots.

As a communications facilitator, I model the advantages of bringing a systems approach to communications fully cognizant that we cannot change structural enablers of poverty without changing our perceptions of the silence around the same.

Over the years, I have developed a passion for the reflective and evaluative practices that enable institutions and senior policy actors to think about the place that communication and strategic messaging plays in their work, learn from it and integrate that learning. I have also been able to establish a mentorship program and support a few volunteering schemes which provide an opportunity for young women in the communication and media sector to clarify their contribution and excellence.

I am keen on opportunities that will now expand my impact at scale and bring me into new frontiers of knowledge building and impact. The field of human rights and good governance is rapidly changing and I therefore, see myself making a greater contribution in this field.

 I believe in a just society and I am a strong believer of Ralph Waldo Emerson words: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”