Posted January 11, 2021 from Kenya

Dianah Kamande is a Kenyan widows’ rights activist who is a survivor of Gender-Based Violence who became a young widow in 2013. Her experience motivated her towards the founding of Come Together Widows and Orphans Organization and Association of Survivors of Gender-Based-Violence, both of which are based in Kenya. She believes in the words of the Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon "No woman should lose her status, livelihood or property when her husband dies”. She is a motivational speaker and a mentor to many. She is also an author of the book Scars of Honour.


Dianah holds the following academic qualifications.

  • Diploma in Governance and Women in Leadership in Africa- University of Nairobi.
  • Bachelors degree in Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies- African Nazarene University.


Her passion to advocate, inspire and empower widows in Kenya has earned her recognition both locally (in Kenya) and internationally.

  • Head of State Commendation

In recognition of her exemplary contribution to making widows matter in Kenya, she was honored and feted with a Head of State Commendation (H.S.C) by the President of the Republic of Kenya on 12th December 2018.

  • Unwavering Advocacy Award

This award was given to her by Ms. Heather Ibrahim-Leather the Founder and President of Global Fund for Widows for relentless service in widows work in and out of Kenya.


  • Above and Beyond

This award was given to her by United Widows in South Carolina in honor of the exemplary leadership she offered.


  • On 19th November 2020, she was recognized as one of the distinguished keynote speakers at the 2020 Global Women Empowerment Summit organized by the Prodigy Bureau Global.

Dianah has been an exceptional leader for the widows in Kenya to the extent that she has been found fit to represent widows in international fora like the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 62 and 63.

The widows in Kenya have benefitted a lot from her proactiveness, courage and resilience. She has ensured that the relevant stakeholders are always aware of the plight of widows in Kenya and is making sure that widows’ dignity is being restored.

This story was submitted in response to The Real Me.

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Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Dianah, Welcome to World Pulse. Your story is your power.

Thank you for sharing about Dianah. I am sure that you are an exceptional leader. I hope that your advocacy about widows will restored their dignity. Thank you for being there with them. Kudos to you.

Nini Mappo
Jan 11
Jan 11

Dear Dianah,
Welcome to World Pulse. It is lovely to meet you here through these lines, having previously heard of you through the spirit award nominations.

Congratulations on all your achievements, and especially the healing, dignity, provision, and empowerment that your leadership and compassion has brought to the widows in your care.

We look forward to hearing how your movement grows through your future stories.
Best wishes for 2020

Hello, Dianah,

Welcome to World Pulse! It's so great to know a new voice from Kenya is rising up.

I applaud you for looking after the widow in Kenya. It takes an extraordinary woman to care for other people's plight and do something about it. I look forward to reading more of your updates. I hope you can form connections with our World Pulse sisters here.

Laetitia Shindano
Feb 11
Feb 11

Chère Dhinah
Merci pour le partage très enrichissant de votre travail en faveur des veuves.

Feb 11
Feb 11

Hi Dianah,
How are you doing. Thanks for sharing and welcome to World Pulse. Thank you for breaking the silent. It is not easy to speak out as a GBV survivor and widow. I am really proud of you. Continue the good work.

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Dear Dianah,
Thank you so much for your post. You are most welcome to World pulse. You are an amazing leader and am sure that all those under your leadership will surely benefit from you.
Looking forward to many more posts about your amazing work. Stay blessed.

Upalparna Dey
Mar 16
Mar 16

More power to you !

Rabia Mazhar
May 12
May 12

You are a living inspiration, my sister. You are so inspiring. I am so glad we meet. Welcome to the World pulse family. Thanks you for sharing your post.
I would encourage you to keep your sprits high and keep spreading positivity.
A very warm welcome again to the World pulse family.
Loads of love

Jul 09
Jul 09

Dear Dianah,

It's good to have you here on World Pulse!

Thank you for sharing and congratulations on all your awards.

Keep up the good work.