It is with great pleasure and excitement to announce that our very own sister in the women’s movement – Pamela Judith Angwech is the winner of the 2017 EU Human Rights Defenders Award. She received the award on 25th May 2017 at the residence of the Dutch Ambassador.
Pamela’s nomination profile (below) captures her motivation and outstanding contribution to society – particularly the advancement of the rights of women and girls in Northern Uganda.
“Ms. Pamela Judith Angwech. Founder of Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization (GWED-G), the region’s largest grassroots human rights organization focused on women and youth. Pamela promotes the rights of war-affected women and girls who are suffering as a result of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war in Northern Uganda. She is at the forefront of advancing women and girls’ rights and gender equality in the districts of Gulu, Nwoya and Amuru through empowering grassroots groups. In 2016, she worked on zero tolerance to sexual and gender based violence following up on cases within the judiciary system. This is something she has been working on over the past few years and has cumulatively responded to 670 GBV cases most them with positive results for the victims. She continues to be passionate about peace building and conflict resolution in the past year she continued to work with war victims/survivors on trauma coping mechanism. She also conducted meeting and training with local chiefs and local authorities on mitigating land conflict. Pamela continues to be involved in various human rights platforms at local and national level”.
The other top nominees included:
1) Mr. Adrian Jjuko – Executive Director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum.
2) Ms. Rosemary Jane Nangobi – founder and director of Slum Women’s Initiative for Development in Jinja.
3) Mr. Crispin Kaheru – a human rights defender and coordinator of the Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda.
4) Mr. Gard Bendable Ntegyereize – Executive Director of World Voices Uganda.
The EU HRD Award is presented annually, to raise awareness of the work of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda. The award recognises and honours the achievements of an individual Human Rights Defender active in Uganda, who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights during the preceding 12 months. Human Rights Defenders are people who promote and protect universally recognised human rights and fundamental freedoms. These include civil and political rights, as well as economic, social and cultural rights. Human Rights Defenders also promote and protect the rights of members of minority groups. The broad range of activities carried out by HRDs can include the following:
- documenting human rights violations;
- seeking remedies for victims of human rights violations through the provision of legal, psychological, medical or other support;
- combating the culture of impunity which can hide systematic and repeated breaches of human rights and fundamental freedoms;
- mainstreaming a human rights culture, and transmitting information about HRDs at the national, regional and international levels;
- advocacy for the respect of human rights.