UN Human Rights Prize Awarded to DRC Activist

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On July 20, 2023, the United Nations General Assembly announced the five winners of the 2023 UN Human Rights Prize. Julienne Lusenge, president of Women’s Solidarity for Inclusive Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), was one of five awarded the Prize.

SOFEPADI, a long-time grantee of the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR), was established in 2000 to provide “community-based solutions to address violence against women and impunity for sexual violence in eastern DRC, while building the political power and leadership of Congolese women.” Channel has supported FGHR’s work upholding grassroots frontline human rights organizations in sub-Saharan Africa over the past several years.

The UN Human Rights Prize, established by the General Assembly in 1966, recognizes outstanding achievements in human rights. The Prize provides public recognition to recipients and support to human rights defenders all across the world. The 2023 Human Rights Prize award ceremony will take place at the UN Headquarters in New York in December.