Christine Sabdio Roba

2019 Fellow from Kenya

Christine Sabdio Roba is a development program specialist with five years of experience in social protection and female empowerment. Her work focuses primarily on mentoring young girls in education, life skills, and capacity-building for livelihood generation. Christine currently works as a project officer for Mercy Corps-Kenya, where she is responsible for technical oversight and management of the Girls Improving Resilience with Livelihood (GIRL) program, a nine-month personal agency empowerment safe space model. As a GIRL officer, she recently launched a back-to-school campaign that encouraged several young women to enroll in formal education. Christine also writes about issues affecting marginalized pastoralist girls in World Pulse, where she is an ambassador, vocal contributor, and featured storyteller. One of her stories on the importance of girls' education was published in the New York Times Magazine in September 2016. Christine is the founder and chief executive officer of The Better Generation Africa, a community-based organization that supports girls and women through mentorship, reproductive health, and skills development. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Christine has continued her efforts to empower girls, with a special focus on education, mentorship, and advocacy against harmful cultural practices.

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