Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been awarded the prestigious Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders in Geneva. She received the award last week. The recipient of the award is decided by ten human rights groups, and this includes the Human Rights Watch and Human Rights First. The openly-gay woman is the founder of local advocacy group Freedom and Roam Uganda.
She has called for greater LGBT rights in Uganda. By being open about being lesbian, she has made herself a target. She faces threats of violence and has been forced to constantly move house to avoid attacks. She was listed in the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone and wanted her to be murdered.
According to PinkPaper “Hans Thoolen, chairman of the Martin Ennals Foundation, described her as ‘a leading light, an exceptional woman of a rare courage, fighting under death threat for human dignity.’”