Hannah Heinzekehr | February 6, 2020
Victoria Nyanjura, a current Master of Global Affairs, International Peace Studies student at the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, is one of two recipients of the 2019 Ginetta Sagan Award from Amnesty International USA. The award, named after former honorary Amnesty International USA board chair and human rights activist Ginetta Sagan, recognizes women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread. Recipients receive $20,000 to support their ongoing work.
Nyanjura was honored for her work with women and children in Gulu, Uganda. She is the founder of Women in Action for Women (WAW), an organization that improves the lives of women and youth through vocational and business training and guidance in accessing community and government services.
“Your courageous advocacy for women and children displaced by the civil war in Uganda, and your work with WAW to help vulnerable women gain vocational and apprenticeship skills in rural areas of Northern Uganda, exemplifies what the Ginetta Sagan Award stands for,” wrote the Ginetta Sagan Fund Award Committee in its email announcing Nyanjura’s award. “We hope that receiving this award will enable you to continue to do this inspirational work.”
Nyanjura has also worked with International Justice Mission on efforts to protect Ugandan widows from the practice of property grabbing and with the Gender Justice Department of the Ugandan Justice and Reconciliation Project.
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