Social Justice Activist; Founder, The Center for Justice, Governance, and Environmental Action
Phyllis Omido is a Kenyan grassroots social justice activist and founder of The Centre for Justice, Governance and Environmental Action, dedicated to empowering communities affected by extractive industries. After realizing her baby and other children in the Owino Uhuru community near Mombasa were suffering from lead poisoning, Omido galvanized the community to close the smelter that was exposing people to dangerous chemicals. A recent campaign resulted in the formation of a Kenyan parliamentary task force to address pollution issues, leading to the shutdown of several smelters close to human settlements. In 2015, Omido was awarded the 2015 Goldman Prize, the largest in the world for grassroots environmental activists.