Jennifer Kuwa Henshaw
Ms. Jennifer Kuwa Henshaw is a Liberian from the Grebo ethnic group of Liberia. Her religious background is Christian. She has a University Education in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations and Mass Communications from the University of Liberia.
Presently, Ms. Henshaw serves as the Executive Coordinator and Founder of the Lesbian and Gay Association of Liberia (LEGAL), a rights-based organization that serves as the voice of the LGBTIQ Community and other vulnerable groups in Liberia. Over the years, her work has improved the advocacy role of LEGAL nationally and internationally, and her work to engage stakeholders has increased their willingness to support policy changes beneficial to the LGBTIQ Community. Outside of LEGAL, Ms. Henshaw serves as the Anglophone Representative for West Africa with the West and Central Africa (WACA) Feminists Movement, part of the Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL). She also serves as Pillar I Head for the Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform of Liberia.
In civil society and media, Ms. Henshaw has worked with Electronic Media as a broadcaster, LOGOS HOPE International as the Media Coordinator, Stop AIDS in Liberia (SAIL) as a Media and Communications Coordinator, and ActionAid Liberia International as a Media and Communications Volunteer. In national and international government, she has worked with the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) as an Information Assistant, the Liberian Ministry of Youth & Sports as the Director of Press, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs as an Information Officer for Grand Cape County. In these roles, Ms. Henshaw has attended trainings and seminars on human rights advocacy, gender, security, strategic litigation, policy analysis, accountability, sexual reproductive health, communications, and documentation at national and international levels.