Guest Talk: Human Rights Advocates, Thursday, 11/10, 12-2pmHuman rights advocates from Africa will talk about their work "on the ground" regarding human rights issues in African contexts. Countries represented include Cameroon, Uganda. Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Zimbabwe. This panel talk will then be followed by a Q&A.
Aehshatou Manu is the Advocacy Officer for Lelewal Foundation and the Women’s Coordinator and Women’s Wing President for Mbororo Social and Cultural Development Association (MBOSCUDA), both indigenous peoples’ organizations working to improve the quality of life for indigenous peoples of Cameroon. Her areas of expertise are women’s and girls’ rights, environmental issues (especially climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies related to REDD+), the economic empowerment of women, and girl child education. She participated in the FIMI Global Leadership School of Indigenous Women and attended the United Nations Permanent Forum in 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in law at the University of Yaounde.
Betty Lee Odur is a Legal/Program Officer at Uganda Network on Law, Ethic and HIV/ AIDS, an NGO committed to the development and strengthening of policies and ethical responses to HIV/AIDS in Uganda. She has headed the Kampala office since March 2011. She earned a bachelor’s of legal laws from Uganda Christian University in June 2008 and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Center in 2009. An enrolled Advocate of the High Court of Uganda and other subordinate Courts, she is a member of the Uganda Law Society and the East African Law Society.
Jeffrey Wambaya is the Program Manager at Ishtar-MSM. He works at Ishtar-MSM, a community-based organization in Nairobi, Kenya, that advances the sexual health rights of men who have sex with men to reduce the stigma and discrimination they face by advocating for their rights to access health care, including STI/HIV and AIDS-related care and treatment. Ishtar-MSM is a member group of the Gay & Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK). As Program Manager at Ishtar-MSM, Jeffrey has taken part in various activities on advocacy, policy and strategy formulation, and analysis. He is experienced in evidence-based HIV and sexual health programming and has sat on a variety of technical working groups at the national level. He has a keen interest in community research and is a Co-Chair of the G10, a research agency at GALCK. He is also a board member of Initiative of Equality and No Discrimination, an organization based in Mombasa that engages people and institutions known to perpetrate violence against gender and sexual minorities.
Mulshid Muwonge is currently the Communications Executive and Security Management Trainer at Defenders Protection Initiative, a non-profit organization in Uganda working to strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders to mainstream security, safety and protection management in their work. He has a background in working to protect the rights of sexual minorities in Uganda through the secure documentation of human rights violations and abuses. Mulshid earned a bachelor’s degree in business computing from Makerere University in 2014. He has taken several courses in leadership, nonprofit strategy, organizational capacity development and fundraising.
Raoul Kitungano is the Director of Justice Pour Tous in Bakavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the years, he has developed expertise in investigating natural resource exploitation. With his colleagues at Justice Pour Tous, Raoul highlights the limitations of the Congolese mining code by talking to the local press, delivering speeches, and performing sketches. This kind of work helps local people to understand their legal rights and which new laws are needed to end their exploitation. He has published several papers and research reports and spoken at several international conferences about the relationship between mining armed conflict and human rights abuses in eastern DRC.
Samuel Matsikure is the Program Manager for Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ). He has dedicated the past 13 years to working within LGBTI communities in a turbulent environment. He is a past chairman of African Men for Sexual Health and Rights, a regional coalition of 19 organizations working on Health and HIV for MSM. He also served on the Global Forum for MSM for eight years. He has extensive experience teaching languages and Art and Design and providing therapy to families. He earned the Bachelor’s of Science Honor’s Degree in Sociology and Gender Development from Woman’s University in Africa. He holds diplomas in Higher Education (University of Zimbabwe) and in Systemic Family Therapy (Connect, the Zimbabwe Institute of Systemic Therapy).
This event is co-sponsored by the George Clement Bond Center for African Education.
Persons interested in attending may rsvp by Tuesday, November 8th.
Where: 305 Russell