A feminist, a passionate champion and advocate for the rights of women, Stella Mukasa was an exemplary human being. Her belief in equality spurred her to challenge patriarchal institutions on all levels of society and governance, and her feminist ethos guided her life and cultivated strong sisterhoods in a wide range of diverse personal and professional spaces. We at the African Women’s Development Fund have been privileged to know her as a friend, a sister and a colleague. She was one of a small handful of stalwarts who supported and shaped the early work of AWDF in various capacities as a key resource person. She was a leading light of the African Feminist Forum and the Ugandan Feminist Forum. We mourn her passing, yet are grateful and honoured to have known and worked with her.
Her years of work in governance, law, and gender and development allowed her to cultivate influence and change in spaces that were traditionally hard to reach. She used her work and her experience in the sector to promote transformation in every space she was found in, carving a niche for herself as a faculty member of the African Women’s Leadership Institute.
Stella, your loss is one we feel keenly. Rest well, sister. We will honour you with our work, and will carry the memory of your dignity and your determined fire with us.
To read about Stella in her own words, in the publication ‘Voice, Power and Soul’: Click here