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The Reebok Human Rights Award
August 14, 2002
"Human rights seeks
to lend voice to the voiceless and to render visible the invisible," says
Stacey Kabat, a long-time advocate for the rights of battered women. "The
Reebok Human Rights Award helps activists achieve their goals by bringing
international attention to the injustices that they've been fighting."
Kabat credits the
Reebok Human Rights Award, which she received in 1992, with helping to
highlight domestic violence as a human rights issue. "The award helped
enormously by providing recognition to the importance of supporting battered
women," she says. "For this, I will be eternally grateful to Reebok."
Members of the international
community of non-governmental organisations are urged to nominate young
men and women to receive the award. Candidates must be 30 years of age
or younger. They cannot advocate violence or belong to an organization
that advocates violence, and they must be working on an issue that directly
relates to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Women
and men of all races, ethnic groups, nationalities, and religious backgrounds
of the Reebok Human Rights Award, 2002
- KAVWUMBU HACKACHIMA
(AGE 27), ZAMBIA
Kavwumbu Hackachima is a vocal advocate against child abuse in Zambia,
who launched a multi-faceted program to address this growing problem.
- MAILI LAMA (AGE
Maili is a survivor of sex trafficking, who now works courageously to
rescue other girls from forced prostitution in the notorious brothels
- MALIKA ASHA SANDERS
(AGE 27), UNITED STATES
Malika is a grass roots activist who began fighting racial discrimination
as a teenager in Selma, Alabama. Today, she leads a movement to develop
a new generation of African American civil rights leaders.
of the Reebok Human Rights Award
- NDUNGI GITHUKU,
Human rights defender who uses his talents as an artist (playwright,
actor, songwriter, poet, and graphic designer) to educate the public
about human rights issues in Kenya.
- HEATHER BARR,
Advocate for the rights of persons with mental illness who are incarcerated
in the country's prisons.
- KODJO DJISSENOU,
Activist working to raise the consciousness of young people and to mobilize
the general public on human rights issues.
- WILL COLEY,
Activist dedicated to fighting for the rights of refugees seeking political
asylum in the US.
- JULIANNA DOGBADZI,
Former fetish slave working to put a stop to the practice of Trakosi
- TANYA GREENE,
Harvard Law School graduate fighting against the unjust application
of the death penalty in the United States.
- SUBA MESHACK,
Leader at the forefront of the student rights movement working for democratic
reforms in his home country.
- KA HSAW WA,
Activist fighting against the abuses committed against ethnic minorities
- ABRAHAM GREBREYESUS,
Courageous landmine survivor who advocates the rehabilitation and reintegration
of landmine survivors back into society.
- RANA HUSSEINI,
Journalist who investigates and exposes the custom of "honor killings,"
the murder of women by their family members for supposed "immoral behavior."
- VAN JONES,
Activist dedicated to curbing police harassment and brutality, and to
creating organizations that empower citizens to monitor police practices.
- DYDIER KAMUNDU,
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Activist committed to protecting the human rights of all people in the
turbulent and ethnically divided region of North Kivu.
- INNOCENT CHUKWUMA,
Human rights activist who monitors, documents, publicises abuses by
the police and lobbies for international sanctions against Nigeria's
- JESUS TECU
Massacre survivor and witness who seeks justice for rural Guatemalan
victims of civil war and government oppression.
- MA THIDA, BURMA
Physician and writer serving a 20-year prison sentence for promoting
human rights and political freedom in Burma.
- CRAIG KIELBERGER,
Youth in Action awardee who speaks out on behalf of enslaved children
- ANGELA ELIZABETH
BROWN, UNITED STATES
Student/youth organizer and leader in the fight against environmental
injustice throughout the Southern region of the United States.
- MIGUEL ANGEL
DE LOS SANTOS CRUZ, MEXICO
Human rights lawyer committed to ensuring fair legal representation
for Mexico's poor and indigenous population in Chiapas.
- RICHARD NSANZABAGANWA,
Non-partisan human rights monitor and investigator working to bring
peace to a post-genocide Rwanda.
- VEN. PHUNTSOK
Buddhist nun and activist currently serving a 17-year prison term for
peacefully demonstrating against China's occupation of Tibet.
- BROAD MEADOWS
MIDDLE SCHOOL, UNITED STATES
Youth in Action awardee that raised funds to create a school for poor
children in Pakistan.
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