Pamela Judith Angwech, the founder and director of Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalization is the winner of 2017 European Union Human Rights Defenders Award.
The Award, now in its sixth year, is granted by the EU and its Member States in Uganda and Norway.
Angwech is recognised for promoting the rights of war-affected women and girls suffering as a result of the Lord’s Resistance Army war in Northern Uganda.
It is presented annually, to raise awareness of the work of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda. The award recognises and honours the achievements of an individual Human Rights Defender active in Uganda, who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights during the preceding 12 months.
The 2017 edition of the award ceremony was hosted under the auspices of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda.
In winning the 2017 EU Human Rights Defenders Award, Angwech was nominated alongside 4 other human rights defenders. Rosemary Jane Nangobi, Gard Benda Ntehyereize, Crispin Kaheru and Adrian Juuko.
Rosemary Jane Nangobi is the founder and director of Slum Women's initiative for development in Jinja, which was an initiative to save women from being evicted from land on which they dwelled, by mobilizing the affected women to collect money and buy the land.
Adrian Jjuko is the executive director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF). He won the 2011 Human RIGHTS defenders’ awards for his fight against the anti-homosexuality bill.
Crispin Kaheru is a human rights defender and coordinator of CCEDU, Citizen's Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda. He has handled various sensitive election-related assignments across Africa.
Garda Benda Ntegyereize is the executive director of World Voices Uganda (WVU). A locally founded NGO that strives to respond to human rights violations, lack of access to justice by the poor, alarming poverty, poor health, rampant poverty and ethnic conflicts.
Angwech’s GWED-G was established in 2004. It has programs in a number of domains, including health, human rights, peace building, economic empowerment and livelihoods, psychosocial support and counseling, and research and advocacy.
The broad range of activities carried out by HRDs can include the following: documenting human rights violations; seeking remedies for victims of human rights violations through the provision of legal, psychological, medical or other support; combating the culture of impunity which can hide systematic and repeated breaches of human rights and fundamental freedoms; mainstreaming a human rights culture, and transmitting information about HRDs at the national, regional and international levels; and advocacy for the respect of human rights.