(Kampala, Uganda- March 7, 2011) Freedom and Roam Uganda applauds the nomination of our Executive Director and founder member, Kasha Jacqueline as Most Inspiring People Delivering for Women and Girls. The nomination was announced last Tuesday March 1, by Women Deliver, a global advocacy organization bringing together voices from around the world to call for investment in women.
According to a statement on the Women Deliver website, "the 100 honorees were selected from among hundreds of potentials and feature some of the most intrepid, committed, and results-driven people in the world." The list features women and men from all over the world who are making a life changing investment in women and girls.
Kasha has been recognized for her commitment to lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex issues and, her contribution to feminist and womanist movements.
"As a founder member of FARUG, I am overjoyed. It is such a big honor to have one of our own on the list. Kasha has taken this organization, and movement at large, from strength to strength. Despite all the hostility, Kasha has always managed to keep people together and has upheld the mission of the organization. She truly deserves the award" said Victor Mukasa, founder member of FARUG and founder, Sexual Minorities Uganda.
This achievement comes on the toes of a recent High Court ruling in which Kasha and two other LGBTIQ activists won a landmark case against the Ugandan Rolling Stone tabloid. On October 2, 2010 the Rolling Stone published 100 names and pictures of LGBT Ugandans, including the picture of slain Ugandan LGBTIQ activist David Kato whose picture was splashed on the front page of the tabloid with the title "Hang Them." With this nomination, Kasha recognizes the legacy David Kato who was murdered in his home and died on the way to hospital in the afternoon of January 26, 2011.
"Receiving this nomination in this still difficult time after losing David makes me think how many of us will live to see the recognition for our work. David did not live to see how many people appreciated his work. I am very lucky to be alive and for that I accept this nomination on behalf of human rights defenders like him, who have not lived to see it" said Kasha. It is exactly one month and eight days since David was brutally murdered.
FARUG congratulates all the women and men who were nominated and appeared on the 2011 Women Deliver Honorees list. As an organization committed to empowering Ugandan LBTIQ women, we remember how far we have come and everyone who has supported us along the way. And as we continue to deliver, we recognize that social justice can only be achieved with honesty. Kasha has been honest to the struggle for social justice.
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Follow the link here: http://www.womendeliver.org/assets/WomenDeliver100.pdf to see the full list of honorees.
Published on March 10, 2011 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization