Sister Draru Mary Cecilia (Ph.D.), is of the Congregation Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu (LSMIG) in Uganda. She is the Executive Director of African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC) based at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania (USA). As the Executive Director of ASEC, Sister Draru oversees Education for Catholic Sisters in 10 African Countries. For more information about ASEC please visit www.asec-sldi.org
Sister Draru has great passion for education of women in Africa. She holds two diplomas in education and another in educational planning and management. Sr Draru holds Bachelor’s degree in Education (2003), Masters in Development Studies (2007), and PhD in Social Science (2017) from Radboud University Nijmegen- the Netherlands. In her research, Sr Draru highlights resilience of women in Africa and how they constantly negotiate their socio-cultural contexts in order to build successful educational and professional careers. Being a woman of career herself, Sr Draru has spent most of her life in advocating for women’s education in Uganda. She spent 10 years teaching in girl’s secondary school (1993-2003), 15 years working at Uganda Martyrs University UMU). At UMU, Sister Draru advanced from the position of Executive Secretary, lecturer, Associate Director in the Institute of Ethics and Development Studies, to the University Management position of the Dean of Students. Sister Draru has vast international pastoral experience in Africa, Europe where she was actively involved in the rescue of girls trafficked into Italy from Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America. She is the chairperson of the Board of Trustee of LSMIG. She is a founding member of Angelo Negri education Center (ANEC), which specializes in education of child mothers. She is the Leader of the Mission of the Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu in the United States of America.