Odette Mukazi Mutanguha
Odette Mukazi Mutanguha is a development specialist of Rwandan descent who focuses on gender, social and peace issues. She is currently working with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) in Lusaka, Zambia as a Manager and a focal point for Civil Society and Gender Mainstreaming.
Odette has over 20 years of experience in leadership and senior management positions, working with various organizations across the region at both a policy and grassroots level. She has attained invaluable advocacy skills coupled with capacity building and monitoring and evaluation experience.
I did not know that I was a refugee until one day in school in Uganda. I must have been six or seven years old. We were playing a skipping rope game with teams. I was very good at it jumping up and down in my little bare feet – I did not get shoes until I was much older. My team was winning. One of the other team’s children didn’t like that. “Go back to Rwanda, you are just a refugee!” What?