Ugandan Lawyer Agather Atuhaire Wins Prestigious “Woman of Courage” Award

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Last updated on March 7th, 2024 at 05:00 pm

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The U.S. Department of State has awarded Ugandan Lawyer and Journalist Agather Atuhaire the prestigious “International Woman of Courage” Award (2024) for her fearless Activism against Government corruption and human rights abuses in Uganda.

Ms. Atuhaire was handed the Award at a ceremony held at the U.S White House in Washington D.C on Monday Evening (East Africa time) and hosted by U.S First Lady Jill Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken , along with 11 other women from Morocco, Japan, Iran, Gambia, Ecuador, Cuba, Burma, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belarus, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan.

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In its 18th year, the International Woman of Courage Award (IWOC Award), is given by the U.S Secretary of State to women across the globe in recognition of their “exceptional courage, strength, and leadership in advocating for Peace, Justice, Human Rights, Gender equity and equality, and the empowerment of women and girls, in all their diversity – often at great personal risk and sacrifice,” according to the U.S Department of State.

Over the past few years, Agather Atuhaire has emerged as a fiery human rights activist, leveraging the power and reach of social media to expose alleged corruption and human rights abuses by the Government of Uganda and several public officials.

 

Most recently, Agather Atuhaire exposed alleged rot and gross abuse of public funds in the Parliament of Uganda through leaked documents implicating, among others, Speaker Anita Annet Among and Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa and former Leader of Opposition Mathias Mpuuga – who has since been asked by his Party NUP to step down from his position of Parliamentary Commissioner.

“ People get it wrong when they meet me and say ‘Why are you reckless? Why don’t you fear? Why aren’t you afraid for your life, for your children that you might leave behind.’ But Courage means that you put what you might achieve by speaking up above any fear. You put a better life for you, for your children, for the society and other people that are vulnerable, who are really the most people that touch my heart in this Country. You put them above any fear. For Uganda, it is for encouraging other people to join ,the more the better.  Even if you are courageous. You can’t change things alone.”

Ms. Agather Atuhaire said in a promo video for the Award event.

Benjamin Ahikiiriza is a Legal Writer And Digital Communications & Marketing Specialist majoring in Lawyers, Law Firms And the larger Legal Sector.

Benjamin currently Works as the Director of Content and Business Development At LegalReports.


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