Harvard Law School honors Ugandan gay activist Kasha

Tuesday March 3 2015

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (Middle). File

Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera (Middle). File Photo 

By Stephen Kafeero

Ugandan gay activist Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera has been named among the Harvard Law International Women’s Day Portrait Exhibit 2015 Honorees.

In its second year, the exhibit showcases the astounding contributions of women especially around the world to the areas of law and policy.

Her recognition was based on her advocacy work for women and sexual minorities in Africa. She advocates for the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) at the United Nations, the African Union and the European Union.

“The honorees—each of whom were nominated by HLS students, faculty or staff—are powerful voices in their respective fields, whether they are sitting on a high court bench, standing in front of a classroom, or marching in the streets,” a statement published on the Harvard website reads in part.

Ms Nabagesera, the 2011 Martin Ennals Award winner and the other honorees will among others have their portraits featured in an exhibition in the Wasserstein Building at the prestigious Harvard Law School in honor of International Women’s Day.

She attended Gayaza Junior School, Maryhill High School, Mariam High School, and Namasagali College. She then enrolled at Nkumba University where she obtained an Accounting degree and her Bachelor degree in Business Administration. After that, she obtained a Diploma in Information Technology.

Other awards she has received include the Rafto Prize in Bergen, Norway, along with Sexual Minorities Uganda, an umbrella organization she co-founded in 2004. She was also honored with the Honorary Award of the “QX Magazine” in Stockholm, Sweden in February 2013, the James Joyce award from the University College of Dublin in April 2013, the Sean McBride Award from Amnesty International Dublin, the Civil Courage Award from Berlin 2013, the International Activist of the Year Award for the GALAS (Gay and Lesbian Awards, organised by the National Lesbian and Gay Federation of Ireland). She is also the recipient of the 2013 Nuremburg International Human rights Award.