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A Tribute to Stella Mukasa

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 07:30

A candle has been blown out at Action Aid International Uganda!

Ms. Stella Mukasa, a founder member of ActionAid International Uganda, and a permanent member of AAU’s General Assembly, is no more after succumbing to a long illness in Virginia, USA.

At her death, Stella was the Regional Director for Africa at the International Centre for Research on Women (ICRW). A human rights lawyer by training, a women rights activist by nature, Stella sought to improve the human condition and focused her energies on eradicating the causes and devastating impacts of gender-based violence. 

She was a force to reckon in Uganda, Africa and internationally in as far as creating and enforcing gender-responsive laws and policies is concerned. She played a key role in drafting Uganda’s Domestic Violence Act and in mobilizing support for gender-responsive constitutions in Uganda and in Rwanda. 

According to the Country Director Christine Aboke, AAU will specifically miss Stella for the key role she played as the AGM member in steering gender-responsive policies and decisions. 

‘She was a lawyer, a human rights and governance advocate and she espoused deep feminist principles. Death has robbed us of a great asset in her especially now that we advance the transformative feminist leadership agenda in our work. She will be greatly missed by us,’ Christine wrote to her staff.

Her solidarity demonstrated when the organization came under siege in 2017 is another moment to remember. She stood with AAU at the time when we needed it most. 

‘During this time, Stella wrote a powerful solidarity article demanding that our accounts be unfrozen. In fact, her blog reached thousands of people and a lot of media queries about the situation at AAU then came in, all quoting her blog in one way or another,’ Fomer AAU’s communication Officer Samanya Kyategeka said. 

Michael Gibbons from the Wellspring Philanthropic Fund had this to say; ‘We honor her work and legacy and send best wishes to her family and the Action Aid Uganda community. May she rest in peace.’ 

Stella is survived by her husband, Apollo Nelson Makubuya (Deputy Prime Minister for Buganda Kingdom), and their three daughters, Athena, Angela and Andrea.