Kenya Jurist of the Year 2020 Jedidah is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, Commissioner for Oaths and a notary public. Admitted to the Bar in 1996, Jedidah is a holder of a Masters of Law from the University of Nottingham, an LLB from the University of Nairobi and a Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law.
She is a renowned human rights defender, leader and institutional builder with over 25 years of extensive experience in the penal and security sector, access to justice, migration, policy and legislative advocacy, strategy and programme management.
Jedidah has served as Commissioner at Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR), where she was responsible for policy oversight and leadership in respect to access to justice, security, migration and intersex. She has further worked as a programs manager of the Lake Victoria Rights Programme (LVRP) in Diakonia Sweden where her key roles were to coordinate partner implementation (in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania), design programme and policy strategy, provide leadership in resource mobilization and grant making for the programme. She has also served as Chief Executive Officer of the Legal Resources Foundation Trust (LRF) where she was in charge of strategic development, resource mobilization, human resource and board secretary.
Jedidah has occupied multiple high-level management positions either as a board member or chairperson in various organizations including; Intersex Persons Implementation Coordinating Committee (IPICC), National Legal Aid Service (NLAS), Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ), National Coordination Mechanism (NCM). Her role mainly involved policy development and implementation, analysing and advising on human rights situations and resource mobilization and institutional sustainability
She is currently a consultant and a board member at the Federation of Women Lawyers as well as Protection International Africa. She also serves as Chairperson at Intersex Persons Society of Kenya and GROOTS Kenya.