DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: NOV 22ND, 2017
2017 Award Categories
Shujaa (Warrior): Award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated immense acts of courage in their protection of the human rights of LGBTIQ persons. The Award may also be awarded posthumously.Characteristics of an awardee include an impeccable track record of service to LGBTIQ persons; has led the development of contemporary and creative measures in the struggle for human rights of LGBTIQ persons; has helped foster positive inter-group relations between LGBTIQ persons and groups of different ethnic origins, races, gender, religious backgrounds, and physical and mental abilities; consistently demonstrated dedication and commitment to the realization of human rights agenda for LGBTIQ persons; mentored and taught others in human rights for LGBTIQ persons; published articles and books on human rights for LGBTIQ persons.Chanzo Award (Young Human Rights Defender): Award recognising and appreciating the human rights work of young and upcoming human rights defenders and initiatives. Winners from NGLHRC’s 2017 University Moot Courts, who have shown a keen desire to defend the rights of queer citizens in Kenya, will be automatically nominated for the Award.Nguzo Award (Pillar of Support): Recognising funding partners, government agencies/departments, allies, family members, media, LGBTIQ individuals and institutions whose financial, technical and in-kind support has helped make significant contributions to the health, rights and wellbeing of LGBTIQ individuals in Kenya. Ubunifu Award (Healing through Creativity); To be presented to a person, organization, or platform that uses creativity as a site of activism whether through visual arts, storytelling, podcasting, blogging or other forms of media arts or communication. The Award also recognises forms of consciousness raising and compassionate activism that seek to use healing, wellness, and other such practices as a means to remedy the effects of LGBTIQ discrimination and stigmatization.Utumishi/Ushirikiano Award (Service and Partnership): This award honors innovative partnerships in service delivery and engagement within the LGBTIQ rights movement; recognising intersectional activism that positions Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) within other social identities; builds bridges between LGBTIQ persons and other marginalized groups.The Award is also open to groundbreaking grassroots organizing efforts and celebration of those engaged in knowledge building on Kenya’s LGBTIQ community through research and data collection.
Read the full call for nominations and selection criteria here.
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