Christine is passionate about gender equality and specifically incorporating a gendered lens and analysis into the fabric of African institutions. Her personal interest and research during undergrad shed light on the role that colonialism has played in reshaping African gender roles (for the worse). She is particularly familiar with how it has played out in her own country of Zimbabwe. In addition to countering violence against women and LGBT+ identifying individuals, working towards institutions that champion and employ a gender perspective is simply vital for the growth and development of the continent and the world at large.
She interned with the American Friends Service Committee in their Harare office. This internship ignited her awareness of how vital economic development-centered work is, but also of its limitations when it does not take into account a gendered perspective and when the macro level economic and political situation are deeply inefficient and inhospitable to NGO work, and thus to poverty alleviation.
Christine graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University with a BA in International Relations. Her undergraduate dissertation on Shona women navigating patriarchy from pre- to post-colonial times won the John S. Gibson Award for Best Seminar Paper in International Relations. She is currently pursuing an MSc in Women, Peace and Security at the LSE.