Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

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Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

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Founder and executive director of Freedom & Roam Uganda (FARUG)

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera is a prominent Ugandan LGBTI rights activist. She is the founder and executive director of Freedom & Roam Uganda (FARUG), the only exclusively lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersexual organization in Uganda. An accountant by profession, Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera changed careers by acquiring a human rights advocacy certificate.

Kasha publicly campaigned for an end to homophobia in Uganda, where homosexuality is illegal, and has faced severe forms of harassment and threats of violence by the public, media and politicians. She had to challenge the homophobia anger in the media and in the high court of Uganda where she and two others have sued the tabloid Rolling Stone, which called for the hanging of homosexuals in October 2010.

FARUG strives for the attainment of full equal rights and the eradication of all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation in an intolerant environment. Indeed, in Uganda, the Anti-Homosexuality Bill passed by the Parliament on 20 December 2013 and was signed into law on 24 February 2014. Despite this law which threatens anyone labeled as homosexual with life imprisonment, Kasha Jacqueline has continued to live in Uganda.

In 2011, Kasha Jacqueline was awarded the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, the first gay rights activist to receive this prize. In September 2013 she received the Nuremberg International Human Rights Award for her continuous work in LGBT activism.

She has consistently invoked international covenants that Uganda has ratified and the Government has failed to implement.

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera was born in 1980 and has been a human rights activist since 2001.

On 26 January 2011, her colleague and friend, gay activist David Kato, was murdered following the publication of a “gay list” by the Rolling Stone, on which her name and picture was also listed.

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