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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera


"More than ever, the world shouldn’t neglect the human rights of LGBT people,because we are here to stay — and part and parcel of the development of this world. All we need is respect, and protection from violence, and our basic inalienable human rights. Speaking out and bringing attention to the plight of LGBT people is life. I will not be silenced by anyone.” from:

As the Executive Director of Freedom and Roam Uganda (FARUG), she has publicly campaigned for an end to homophobia in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal, and has faced harassment by the media and politicians, as well as threats of violence, because of her work.In 2011, as the world was celebrating 100 years of International Womens’ Day, she was listed on the Women Deliver 100 list, as well as among the 50 most inspiring feminist women in Africa. That same year Kasha was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders.In 2013 she was awarded the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award for her continuous work in LGBT activism. Even in the wake of the pending Anti-Homosexuality Bill in the Parliament she has continued to live in Uganda and is currently suing the government for the continuous closure of LGBT gatherings.