(Kampala/April 29th,2021). The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) congratulates Ms. Ritah Aciro Laker on winning the European Union Human Rights Defenders Award 2021. Ms. Aciro is the Executive Director of Uganda Women’s’ Network (UWONET) and has been at the forefront of advocacy and campaigning on the rights of women and girls for almost 20 years. Ms. Aciro has worked extensively with communities and governments in Uganda and East African on a wide range of issues including the role of girls and women in leadership, women’s land rights, combatting gender-based violence, women in peace building as well as civic and voter education and election observation.
“Congratulations to Ritah Aciro.NCHRD-U is proud to associate with Ms. Aciro over this noble achievement and importantly for her consistent advocacy efforts towards the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality at National, Regional and International level” states Robert R Kirenga Executive Director, NCHRD-U
NCHRD-U also congratulates the runners-up Mr. Moses Mulumba and Ms. Rosemary Nambooze. The EU Human Rights Defender Award is given annually by the EU Delegation in Uganda, EU Member States present in the country and the Embassy of Norway to recognise the outstanding contribution of a human rights defender in Uganda