Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan

Project Director, FGM/C Research Program, Population Council

Jacinta Muteshi-Strachan is a renowned expert in gender equality, women’s rights, and reproductive health with experience as a researcher, program manager, and advisor. She provides leadership and oversight to the Population Council-led research consortium on female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).

Prior to joining the Population Council, Jacinta managed a multi-country intervention for CARE International in partnership with the Population Council that tested the effectiveness of community-based and rights-based approaches to encourage the abandonment of FGM/C. At PATH, she conducted studies on FGM/C programs and research in the Africa region that were used to support the development of an Africa regional strategy to address FGM/C.

Jacinta served as the first chair of the National Commission on Gender and Development in Kenya and was a director of the board for the Kenya Human Rights Commission. In 2006 she was appointed by the president of Kenya to the Committee of Eminent Persons that helped facilitate Kenya’s constitutional review process. She also served on the task force for the implementation of Kenya’s Sexual Offences Act and was on the management board of the Consortium for National Health Research (CNHR), created jointly by DFID and Wellcome Trust to improve the quality of research addressing priority health and development needs in Kenya.

Jacinta received her master’s in education from McGill University and her PhD in education from the University of Toronto.