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Mar 10th, 2011 - 11:01:14
For those of you who aren't familiar with Kasha Jacqueline's work!
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From: Cynthia Rothschild
Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2011 at 10:39 AM
Subject: ISRRC - Fwd: UGANDAN ACTIVIST RECOGNISED AS ATRUE HERO FOR WOMEN
UGANDAN ACTIVIST RECOGNISED AS ATRUE HERO FOR WOMEN
As the world celebrates hundred years of the commemoration of International
Womens Day today 8 March 2011, Ugandan human rights defender Kasha
Jacqueline has been nominated as one of the top hundred most inspiring
people who have delivered for girls and women worldwide by a global advocacy
organisation Women Deliver.
According to Women Deliver the list of a hundred most inspiring people
recognises individuals who have committed themselves to improving the lives
of girls and women around the world and comprises of women and men, both
prominent and lesser known.
Honourees derive from the fields of health, human rights, politics,
economics, education, journalism, and philanthropy, and represent a great
diversity of geographic and cultural backgrounds. The 100 honourees were
selected from among hundreds of potentials and feature some of the most
intrepid, committed, and results-driven people in the world, Women Deliver
says in its website.
Human Rights defender and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex
(LGBTI) activist Jacqueline is the Director and founder of Freedom and Roam
Uganda (FARUG), an LGBTI organisation in Uganda established in 2003.
Her biography on Women Deliver 100 states that In a country where coming
out can mean putting ones life on the line, Jacqueline has stood up as both
a proud lesbian and an advocate for LGBT rights to speak out against
homophobia, train LGBT individuals as community leaders, and raise awareness
of human rights abuses.
Jacqueline was amongst the three Ugandan activists including slain activist
David Kato who in 2010 challenged and won a landmark court ruling against
the Rolling Stone tabloid which published names and photographs of suspected
homosexual in Uganda, headlined 100 Pictures of Ugandas top Homos Hang
She has endured repeated threats, but remains undeterred, lobbying against
the countrys proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill, which would punish
homosexuality with death. For her unimaginable courage in the face of
slander, death threats and stifling oppression, we honour Jacqueline as a
true hero, Women Deliver states.
Jacqueline is on the list with the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Television
producer, Philanthropist, Founder of the Oprah Winfrey Foundation and the
Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and recognised
for broadcasting womens stories to the world,Graça Machel,Founding Member
of the Elders, President of the Foundation for Community Development in
Mozambique, Former Minister for Education and Culture in
Mozambique, recognised for championing women and childrens rights on the
world stage and Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, Democratic
Presidential Candidate in 2008, Former Senator, Former First Lady of the
United States recognised for her role in advocating for women worldwide.
FARUG has congratulated its Director stating her nomination as a great
achievement for FARUG, the entire LGBTI community, and the Feminist and
Women Movement as a whole. Her hard work is paying off and like I have
always told her, she is a great inspiration, FARUG, is blessed and proud to
have an Executive Director like Kasha, said Jay Joanitah Ogole Abang of
Freedom and Roam Uganda.
Launched in 2007, Women Deliver works globally to generate political
commitment and financial investment to reduce maternal mortality and achieve
universal access to reproductive health. The organisations message is that
maternal health is both a human right and a practical necessity for
I would like to thank all those who continue to walk the journey to freedom
with us, you are the true heroes and sheroes, let justice reign, said
Jacqueline in an article about her life as a gay Ugandan.
We have to known that we are all different in many ways and that we cannot
all be the same, my hope is that we can learn to live together in this
beautiful country of ours without stigma and discrimination but with respect
and tolerance, she added.
International Womens Day is celebrated annually on 8 March worldwide to
mark the economic, political and social achievements of women while also
serving as a platform to look back at a tradition which represents the
struggle for equality, justice, peace and development.
The day is also commemorated by the United Nations and their theme for this
year is: Equal access to education, training and science and technology:
Pathway to decent work for women.
For the complete list of Women Deliver 100 visit www.womendeliver.org
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