Simon Okumba Miruka holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) degree and Master of Arts (Gender and Development) degree both from Kenyatta University. He is an international consultant with expertise on monitoring and evaluation, gender mainstreaming, strategic planning, participatory training, research and documentation. Miruka is a pioneer expert on gender and development issues in Kenya having been a member of the first ever gender training team in Kenya formed by the African Women’s Communication and Development Network (Femnet) in 1992. Since then, he has consulted for various governmental, non-governmental and United Nations agencies in Africa and beyond. He is a founder member of Men for Gender Equality Now, the premier movement of men combating gender based violence in Kenya.
Miruka has written various articles on gender and gender training manuals. These include:
· Gender and Development Training Manual for Femnet's Gender Training team (1993) Co-authored (with WanjikuKabira and Miriam Gachago)
· ActionAid’s Experiences in Mainstreaming Gender (Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia and Uganda), published by ActionAid Africa Regional Office, 2002.
· Training Manual on Sexual and Gender Based Violence, Femnet,2004 (Co-authored with Rose Chege, NjokiWainaina and Alice Munyua).
· Parliamentary Survey Report (on gender sensitivity of Kenyan legislative assembly), Federation of Women Lawyers (Kenya), 2004.
· Refugee Male Participation in Preventing and Responding to Gender Based Violence: A Training Manual for International Medical Corps (Uganda) in May 2005.
· Training Guidelines for the National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Programme (June 2005).
· Mandated to Protect (training manual on sexual exploitation and abuse in Darfur Sudan), UNFPA (published 2006).
· Gender Policy Guidelines, Swedish Cooperative Center and Vi Agroforestry, 2005.
· Gender Mainstreaming Manual, Swedish Cooperative Center and Vi Agroforestry, 2007.
· “Men Combating Violence against Women in Kenya”, in Critical Half Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2007), Women for Women International in Washington DC.
· Men to Men Strategy Toolkit on Working with Men to Combat Gender Based Violence. Femnet (2012) (Co-authored and edited).
· Gender Equality Study in Somaliland. International Solidarity Foundation (2012).
· Gender Equity and Equality Manual for Centre for Parliamentary Studies and Training (2012).
· “Model re-admission Policy on School Girl Pregnancy”, published in The African Women’s Journal, Issue 03 July-December 2011 by the African Women’s Development and Communication Network.
· Training Manual on Masculinities and Engaging Men to End Gender Based Violence. Femnet (2013).
· Tracking Gender Equality Commitments in the East African Community: A Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for the Society for International Development and EASSI, 2013.
From March 2006 to January 2008, Miruka worked for United Nations Development Programme as a Programme Officer on Gender Based Violence in the Capacity Building Project for African Union Forces in Sudan’s Darfur region. In this capacity, he developed a comprehensive training curriculum and conducted training on SGBV for the protection forces in Darfur.
He is a well known scholar on Oral Literature with various books in use in secondary schools and universities. He previously worked as a special correspondent on culture, gender and literary issues for leading Kenyan media houses such as the Nation, Standard and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation.