Malika also runs educational and empowerment programs for adolescent girls, discussing issues such as domestic violence, the dangers of early marriages, the importance of learning, self-development, and education. Submissions for 2020 are not yet open; please visit this page again for updates. This year we are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of The Ginetta Sagan Fund (GSF), an Amnesty International USA program through which we are privileged to honor and assist remarkable women from around the world who are changing the lives of millions for the better. In nearly a decade of struggle and hundreds of protests, more than 3,000 WOZA supporters have spent time in police custody. Today there are branches of Ka-Mer in five other Anatolian cities providing legal and psychological counseling for abused women. The Women’s Safe House continues to fight for women in Montenegro. Yet, despite government threats and violence, she persists to in her activism for women and girls. After violent conflict usurped the region, Julienne, a radio-journalist, began documenting horrific sexual abuse and children’s rights violations at the hands of warring parties. Yet one incident, 50 years earlier, symbolised Ginetta's mission (it forms the centrepiece of Mary Finley's 1995 biography of Sagan, The Matchbox). “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.” — Ginetta Sagan. Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor - Ginetta Sagan If only life was just fair, millions of Nigerians have just woken up this morning with absolutely no clue on what to just eat or feed their families. In 2001 she fled to Canada, where she continues to work on behalf of PAIF. In 2007, she launched a second organization, the Fund for Congolese Women (FFC), which works to strengthen Congolese women’s rights groups and help them secure funding from international donors. Most Compelling Memorable Quote for me is: "Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor. Brings increased international scrutiny to the crisis, region or issue for which the recipient works. Ms. Makoni’s work has won supporters in Zimbabwe and internationally, including the 2007 World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child.

Ms. Pierre  very suddenly died in 2011 from a heart attack, but MUDHA continues to help women and children in the Dominican Republic fight racism and discrimination. She is also the first woman in Mexican history to take a woman’s rights case to the Mexican Supreme Court. In July 2017, she was convicted of “obstructing a police officer from doing his job” because of her reporting, and was fined 10,000 Sudanese pounds or to serve four months in prison. Enhances the recipient’s ability to live and work freely, and protects the recipient’s capacity to continue her work, by bringing a new level of international attention to her accomplishments and the obstacles she faces. Lydia Cacho Ribeiro, investigative journalist, is one of Mexico’s leading defenders of children’s and women’s rights. She began taking women and children into her home to rebuild their lives. Dr. Magda Adly’s activism began in the 1970s, and she was imprisoned during the Sadat regime in 1977 and 1978, accused of “changing the regime by force.” In 1993 she co-founded (with co-winner Dr. Suzan Fayad and others) El Nadim Center for Rehabilitation of Victims of Violence, the only specialist clinic in Egypt that is dedicated to treating victims of torture and trauma. Ms. Mohamed is the founder of the Galkayo Education Center for Peace and Development (GECPD). Recognizing the need for a better protection program for female victims, Ms. Raicevic and the Women’s Safe House successfully lobbied for the adoption of the Witness Protection Law by the Montenegrin Parliament. In 2013, she joined “The Elders,” a group of statespeople, peace builders, and human rights activists brought together by Nelson Mandela. “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.” — Ginetta Sagan This year we are celebrating the 20 th Anniversary of The Ginetta Sagan Fund (GSF), an Amnesty International USA program through which we are privileged to honor and assist remarkable women from around the world who are changing the lives of millions for the better. Bless you all. June 15, ... our ignorance and silence means we are enablers of abuse and oppression. Recipients of the Sagan Award today get a little crystal matchbox to remind them that no matter how lonely and forlorn their struggle may seem, someone outside cares. There she befriended René Cassin, the French jurist and guiding light behind the International Declaration of Human Rights. The Ginetta Sagan Fund and Amnesty International USA are proud to support Julienne and to help her realize her vision of peace and equality. The cookies do not identify you. As National Director of the 3,500-member Popular Women’s Organization (Organización Femenina Popular), she has endured physical attacks and constant threats and intimidation by armed groups. Beatrice Mukansinga founded MBWIRANDUMVA (“Speak, I am Listening”) to aid women disabled, traumatized, and left without homes or families following the genocide that killed thousands in Rwanda. It has given prizes of $10,000 to like-minded women from Bhutan, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Guatemala and Peru. Jeannine Mukanirwa worked for the Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives Feminines (PAIF), a women’s human rights organization in Goma to inform women of their rights and provide concrete assistance through self-funded community-based projects. The Award is intended to help women throughout the world in their struggle to overcome oppression, to let them know that they are not alone. Nevertheless, Ms. Makoni repeatedly has been threatened, arrested, and imprisoned. As Executive Director of Movimiento de Mujeres de Dominico-Hatianas, (MUDHA), Sonia Pierre works to promote greater awareness of the deep-rooted challenges facing women and children of Haitian descent in the Dominican Republic. As repression and discrimination against women has steadily increased in her region, Malika has helped hundreds of women assert their rights in court. She founded and directs the Centro Integral de Atención a las Mujeres (CIAM) in Cancún, a crisis center and shelter for victims of sex crimes, gender-based violence, and trafficking. In the course of her work, Julienne travelled from village to village to interview wives and mothers about their lives and share their stories over the airwaves. Initially, the center was founded to give dignity and protection to torture victims and domestic violence but its mission has evolved to include legal action and political activism on behalf of victims of gender and political violence. Ginetta was born it Italy and was active in the anti-fascist Italian resistance movement during WWII. Through her foundation, she helps victims of violence access legal services, medical care, social services, education, and increased economic empowerment.

Through persistent lobbying, Sagan secured the release of some 600 prisoners. - Ginetta Sagan  "The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have. For questions about the Ginetta Sagan Fund or Award, please email [email protected].

Adriana Portillo-Bartow has paid dearly for her political commitment, first when she was forced to flee from El Salvador to Guatemala and then when her father, stepmother, sister, sister-in-law, and two daughters, then aged nine and eleven, “disappeared” in 1981.

In February, 2017, the Egyptian government closed the Center after repeated threats and continued crackdown on civil society, and she and other center works now have filed a lawsuit against the closure. MBWIRANDUMVA provides counseling, medical assistance, shelter, food, and skills to help women heal emotionally and physically and become economically self-sufficient. Quotes, With Whom are Many U.S. Police Departments Training? Her legacy lives on through the passion and spirit of Julienne Lusenge. Now living in exile in Spain, Ms. Tamayo works for the Madrid office of Amnesty International. Ginetta also smuggled some 300 Jews and other "state enemies" across the border to neutral Switzerland - often under the noses of Nazis, who were being entertained at diversionary parties. In addition to winning over 40 cases domestically, Malika also filed the first case on domestic violence from Russia to the United Nations CEDAW Committee and also litigates cases on gender-based violence, sexual violence and discrimination at the European Court of Human Rights, winning four cases in 2018-2019.

TOP STORIES. She is a recipient of the International Navarra Solidarity Peace Prize and Thomas D McCloskey Peace Fellowship. As a result, Ms. Jilani has been the target of violent attacks, including the “honor killing” of a client in her office. The Ginetta Sagan Award recognizes and assists women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread. Read More. AIUSA welcomes a lively and courteous discussion that follow our Community Guidelines. When White People are Silent in the Situations of Injustice, They Have Chosen the Side of the Oppressor. She specializes in rehabilitation of victims of violence and torture. Tearing it open, she discovered a matchbox. This website uses cookies to allow us to see how the site is used. By 2001, Julienne co-founded an NGO (SOFEPADI), working round-the-clock to support survivors of sexual violence; get the Congolese government and the UN to acknowledge that rape was being used a weapon of war; and convince government and the UN to take action to protect women and girls in eastern DRC. In 1948 she left for Paris, where she studied child development at the Sorbonne. Together with her husband, Leonard Sagan, she helped expand the number of Amnesty US members from 700 to 70,000 between 1971-77. Comrades placed bells on goats, and guided them to holes in the barbed wire fence marking the Italian-Swiss border.