Ketty Nivyabandi is a human rights defender and a passionate advocate for social justice. She was forced to flee her home as a result of her activism in May 2015, after she mobilized and successfully led women peaceful protests in her home country, Burundi.
As a refugee and human rights defender, she has testified before the Canadian House of Commons Sub-Committee on International Human Rights on ongoing human rights violations in her country, particularly against women. She regularly speaks on refugee issues, democracy and human rights –with a particular focus on women human rights defenders– and the effects of conflict on women’s intimate lives. She was a founding member of Burundi’s Women and Girls Movement for Peace and Security, a strong apolitical voice ensuring women have a front seat at the peacemaking table.
Ketty currently works as media associate at Nobel Women’s initiative, an organization led by 6 Women Nobel Peace Laureates, where she is responsible for amplifying the voices of grassroots women leaders from conflict areas to a broad range of media in North America and around the world. She is also a member of the dynamic Women Peace and Security Network in Canada.
Ketty studied International Relations, is a former journalist and a published poet.