At less than 25 years of age, Damarie Kalonzo, the daughter to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka is standing tall amongst her peers due to her enviable experience in activism and law.
According to her Linkedin profile, Damarie was a student at Kianda High School in Westlands between 2010 and 2013, where she was the class council representative and choir club chairperson before she proceeded to Brookhouse International School to undertake her foundation year.
Afterward, she proceeded to Leeds University in the United Kingdom where she pursued a Bachelor of Laws degree, graduating in 2018 with a second class honors (upper division) degree classification.
Her undergraduate success encouraged her to enroll for a Master’s degree in International Human Rights Law at the same university, where she specialized in International Human Rights, European Human Rights, Global Human Rights Advocacy, Security Conflict, and Justice.
Unlike many, Damarie has, for the most part, carved her own life’s journey thousands of kilometers away from his father’s influence.
“I firmly believe in the ability to change the world and make it a better place for everyone. I spend my time studying how the law does this and continues to do this in an ever-changing world. I am passionate about gender equality in all spheres and industries, and pursue this in my different roles,” her LinkedIn profile reads.
Following in her father’s political footsteps, Damarie was the President of the Leeds East African Society (LEASOC) for the period between May 2016-May 2017.
Between November 2015 and December 2017, she was the Brand Ambassador for the NCUK (Nothern Consortium), an organization that provides university preparation and pathway qualifications for international students as preparation for study outside of their home country.
Between November 2017 and February 2018, Damarie was the Digital Marketing Strategist for The Empower Conference for the Leeds Women in Leadership Society’s inaugural conference.
She then proceeded to work as one of the Liberation Coordinators representing minority groups on campus; the Black Minority and Ethnic (BME), Women, Disability and LGBTQ+, for a year.
Damarie reported that between June and August 2019, she conducted preliminary research to develop a pilot project titled Decolonising the International Law Curriculum that challenges narrow ideas in higher education stemming from colonial influence.
As of 2019, she was working with CEREBRA, a UK-based national charity that seeks to provide support to children with brain conditions and their families.