Pamela Judith Angwech, the executive director of Gulu Women’s Economic Development and Globalisation (GWED-G) has won the 2016 European Union Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Award.
Angwech stood out for her efforts in promoting the rights of women and girls suffering as a result of the Lord’s Resistance Army war in Northern Uganda.
Angwech was also recognized for her commitment to support over 400 women’s groups to ensure women and girls have equal rights to resources and livelihoods and her voice on zero tolerance to sexual and gender based violence including following up on cases within the judiciary system.
The 2017 edition of the award ceremony was hosted under the auspices of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Uganda on Thursday evening at the residence of H.E Henk Jan Bakker, the Ambassador of the Netherlands to Uganda.
Four other HRDs were recognized as finalists including Crispin Kaheru, the coordinator of Citizens Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CEDDU) and Rose Mary Jane Nangobi the Founder and Director of Slum Women’s Initiative for Development in Jinja, an initiative saving women from being evicted from land.
Others are; Adrian Jjuko, the Ugandan lawyer and Executive Director of the Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) and Gard Benda Ntegyereize, the Executive Director of World Voices Uganda (WVU).
Adrian is a leading figure in the legal struggle against discrimination in Uganda while Gard spearheaded campaigns against land grabbing in the Albertine region despite threats against his life from land grabbers.