Suzanne Silantoi is a Kenyatta University graduate and she vied for the Nairobi senatorial seat at the age of 23, as the youngest and was the only woman in the race, in the last general elections in Kenya.
Suzanne is currently an adolescent and youth coordinator under the Fahari Project at Centre for Behaviour Change and Communication, which focuses on empowering youth and adolescent girls in the informal settlements of Nairobi economically through mentorship, providing the girls with information on sexual and reproductive health as well as sensitization of their role in governance.
Suzanne was a nominee of the International Association of Political Consultants Democracy Award 2017 alongside David Maraga, Chief Justice and President Supreme Court of Kenya and Kemal Kilicdaroglu, Turkey’s opposition leader. (https://www.iapc.org/nominees; https://iapc.org/nominee/suzanne-silantoi-lengewa)
Suzanne was part of the Short-Term Election Observation Mission of the African Union to the Republic of Sierra Leone’s 2018 General Elections held on March 7th 2018 as well as the Run-Off Presidential Election held on 31st March 2018. The African Union deployed 40 short-term observers, led by the head of Mission Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe, who served as President of South Africa between September 2008 and May 2009.
Suzanne has been privileged to speak in various international youth forums such as the Africa Union Regional Youth Consultation on Harnessing the Demographic Dividend Through Investments In Youth in Arusha, Tanzania, the 4th Annual Continental Forum of Electoral Management Bodies in Kigali Rwanda and this has enable me to understand the issues of young people in the continent as a whole.
She had initially worked at CBCC as a communications officer, where she has actively managed to use technology to reach marginalized community through use of innovative technology in disseminating information to the residents in different locations.