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Ann Njogu is a lawyer and activist from Kenya. In 2010, she received the International Women of Courage Award.

Work

Njogu is the director of the Centre for Rights Education and Awareness. The center made a record of violence based on gender after the December 2007 Kenyan elections. Njogu was also a leader in the Multi-Sectoral Committee on Constitutional Reform, the Joint Dialogue Forum on Constitutional Reform, and a delegate to the Bomas National Conference on Constitutional Reforms. These groups worked for better government.

Arrests

In 2007, Njogu wanted a review of the salaries of the members of parliament. Kenya is very poor, but the members of parliament received a lot of money. The police attacked Njogu and took her to jail. Njoogu and the others who were arrested filed a Constitutional reference. It was called "Ann Njogu and others versus the State." It said the police could not keep a Kenyan citizen in jail for more than 24 hours.

In 2008, Njokgu helped to start the Civil Society Congress. This group worked for better government after the 2007 Kenyan election. In 2008 Njogu said there might be corruption in the sale of the Grand Regency Hotel. The police arrested Njokgu and they beat her.

Awards

Njogu received a 2010 International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State.

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