Since joining the Population Council’s Kenya office in 2009, Chi-Chi’s research has focused primarily on sexual and gender-based violence and adolescent girls. Her work has helped children disclose their experiences of sexual violence, and has also helped them talk to their parents about it, in turn helping parents cope with this reality and recognize their children need care and support.
The daughter of an anthropologist, Chi-Chi’s father instilled in her the importance of living in the community you’re researching, of being an active part of the community in which you work. It’s something that has stayed with her as she has grown as a researcher – the importance of living and intimately knowing the community among which you work.
Chi-Chi holds a BA in French from the University of Calabar and graduate degrees in intercultural communication and language, literacy, and culture from the University of Maryland. She leads a partnership of national organizations across Sub-Saharan Africa dedicated to sharing information to care for survivors and reduce violence.
Addressing Sexual Violence Among Vulnerable Populations in East and Southern Africa
Council researchers and partners are responding to the needs of refugees, children, and women facing sexual violence in East and Southern Africa.