2018 Award Categories
1. Shujaa (Warrior) Award; 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.
2. Chanzo Award (Young Human Rights Defender): Award recognising and appreciating the human rights work of young and upcoming human rights defenders and initiatives, who are unafraid to stand up and speak for human rights.
3. 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.
4. Utumishi/Ubunifu Award (Service and Creativity): This award honors inclusive and innovative people and organizations for their deliberate and courageous efforts to create safe spaces for queer persons in Kenya. This is not limited to the physical spaces but also artistic outlets and online spaces that exist where queer persons are allowed to express themselves and their queerness.
Read the full call for nominations and selection criteria here.
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