Kuchu Times founder and human rights activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has today October 1st been awarded the Right Livelihood Award. The 35 year old activist was recognized for her work in the struggle for equality for Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) persons.
Other recipients of this year’s award include Tony de Blum & the People of the Marshall Islands, Sheila Watt-Cloutier from Canada, and Gino Strada from Italy.
The Right Livelihood Award is an international award to honour and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing the world today. The prize was established in 1980 by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull and is presented annually
An international jury, invited by the five regular Right Livelihood Award board members, decides the awards in such fields as environmental, protection, human rights, sustainable development, health education and peace.
The Right Livelihood Award is often referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize.
In the official press statement announcing this year’s laureates, Ole von Uexkull said, “This year’s Right Livelihood Laureates stand up for our basic rights – be it the rights of indigenous peoples or LGBTI communities, or the right of all citizens to live in a world free from the scourges of war and climate chaos. With their tireless work, on the frontlines and in courts, the Laureates uphold the values that led to the creation of the United Nations seventy years ago. In this year of global humanitarian crises, they provide an inspiring response to the defining challenges of our time.”