Achieving Gender Justice & Reconciliation - Nabimanya Humphrey
On 22 November 2017, the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in partnership with LEAD SA, will celebrate 10 young African activists (between the ages of 18 – 35), who are doing exceptional work in the Gender Justice Field.
Since the year 2000, the IJR hosts the prestigious Reconciliation awards ceremony where individuals or organisations are recognised for their contribution in advancing reconciliation across different spheres of society.
Building on from last year’s succesful introduction of the Rising Shaper award where three young poeple who made an outstanding contribution to achieving nation-building and reconciliation were recognised, this year 10 young actvists were chosen from 47 public nominations.
Nabimanya Humphrey, Uganda
Humphrey is a seasoned youth Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) advocate, leader, change agent. As the Team leader and Founder of Reach A Hand, Uganda (RAHU), Humphrey is advocating for a country and ultimately a world where everybody, women and men, boys and girls are valued equally, and are able to share equitably in the distribution of power, knowledge and resources. To achieve this, Humphrey has created a movement of young advocates across Uganda through a youth led and youth serving platform of 16 core team members and 200 volunteers (growing per year) under the Peer Educators Academy who by the end of 2016, had helped to directly reach over 600,256 males and 346,125 females within schools, carried out over 5000 Focused Group Discussions in over 70 schools, reached over 800,881 youth out of school through dialogues and outreaches, and over 800,000 young people on social and online media on SRHR, youth empowerment and related issues.
Some of the gender justice campaigns that he and his team have carried out included the #LetGirlsBeGirls campaign that sought to address the high rates of teenage pregnancy and child marriages across Uganda in 2015. In 2016, the campaign metamorphosed into the #BetterLife4Girls campaign that has become one of the biggest multimedia advocacy campaigns in Uganda. Another notable campaign/project Humphrey has introduced is the Katereza Community Alliance based in the rural district of Mbarara in Western Uganda. The project is empowering women and girls through giving them access to employment and livelihoods. Humphrey’s mission is to support his peers take control of their lives and present themselves in ways that inspires, impresses and spurs confidence in themselves and their peers under a platform where they have full opportunities to take part in the process of breaking barriers hindering them from making informed choices in life regarding their SRHR. RAHU has grown from a weekend outreach program to a fully-fledged functioning youth led and youth serving organization which has just rolled out its next five years strategic plan which focuses on girl child empowerment, expanding to more districts through partnering with youth led Community Based Organizations (CBOs) as well as establishing a youth center. RAHU has also won confidence of respected international partners for example UNFPA Uganda, UNESCO, Rutgers, Segal Family Foundation. Planned Parenthood Global and MTV Staying Alive Foundation among others.
The 10 activists were selected based on their understanding and work around the theme of gender in such a way that it reflects its (gender) nuances and complexities. Their work is in touch with the realities of gender-based violence in SA as well as other gender-related issues.
The selected activists will not receive a full award but a recognition, which will mainly be done through a carefully selected digital media campaign promoting their work and organisations to a large network within civil society, government and the general public.
The recognition and in-depth profiling of the above listed activists will run from 13 November – 17 November 2017 on both IJR and Lead SA’s digital platforms.