International Women’s Day is the day women all over the world celebrate the achievements and struggles in the fight for gender equality and women’s rights. Tragically for sisters on the African continent, Women’s Day came with the passing of our own Christine Achieng in Zimbabwe, where she was Country Director of Plan International. Not only has the women’s movement lost a progressive thinker, but also an enthusiast of women’s rights and gender equality.
Christine was an Alumna of Akina Mama wa Afrika’s 2003 cohort of the African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI). AMwA and the entire women’s movement will miss her trailblazing leadership and contribution to the movement.
We celebrate the patriot, human rights defender and civil society leader that Christine has been right from her work with Action Aid International – Uganda, DANIDA, Dan Church Aid, Foundation for Human Rights Initiative, CARE International through to PLAN International where she was at the time of her demise. Her candle will never stop burning.
We loved her, learned from her, traveled with her, laughed with her, mourned with her, danced with her and have been touched by her generosity. Here’s to Christine because she gave everything her 100%!
Rest in glory sister Christine, you fought a good fight!
Christine supervised me at CARE International in Uganda. Her supervision was a mentorship program for me. The very many successful projects I headed in CARE were due to her mentorship. Even after she left CARE Uganda, she continued to be my reference. I will forever miss her, till we meet again.
- Gloria Akisa Amaniyo