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José Ignacio López – Because respect and human dignity will ultimately win out

José Ignacio López

José Ignacio López (53) is a human rights and LGBTI activist from Nicaragua. He works for the Red de Desarrollo Sostenible (RDS) organization, which was awarded the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights in 2019

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Cesnabmihilo Dorothy Nuhu-Aken’Ova – My dream is to be president of Nigeria

Cesnabmihilo Dorothy Nuhu-Aken'Ova

Cesnabmihilo Dorothy Nuhu-Aken’Ova (58) is a Nigerian linguist and feminist who began working for women’s, youth and LGBTI rights in her homeland in the mid-1990s. She is the executive director of the International Centre for Sexual Reproductive Rights (INCRESE), which she founded in 2000. Her motivation: “I do not like injustice, and I have zero tolerance for all violations of human rights!”

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Mauri Balanta Jaramillo – I want to inspire many more people to collectively dream and build a better world

Mauri Balanta Jaramillo

Mauri Balanta Jaramillo (34) is a human rights activist from Columbia. In all of her work – not only as a social scientist and filmmaker but also as director of communications and information management for Casa Cultural El Chontaduro in the eastern part of Cali – she promotes equal rights for different ethnic groups and political emancipation for Black youth, women and LGBTIQ+ people.

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Ali Bousselmi – Defend the rights of LGBTQI+ individuals so they can live openly in a culture that respects and values their dignity

Ali Bousselmi

Ali Bousselmi (33) is a human rights activist from Tunisia. He is a co-founder and executive director of the Mawjoudin organisation, which promotes equality for LGBTQI+ and other marginalised groups.

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Portrait of Julius Kaggwa, intersex activist from Uganda

Julius Kaggwa

Intersex bodies are abused, studied, tested and “corrected”

Julius Kaggwa is an intersex and trans activist in Uganda. He directs the organization “Support Initiative for People with Atypical Sex Development” (SIPD Uganda), which seeks to sustainably change the attitudes toward intersex people. Born in the Kibuye part of Kampala in Uganda, he is a practicing Christian raising four children together with his wife.

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Mikhail Tumasov – My greatest wish? To live in freedom without fear

Mikhail (Misha) Tumasov

Mikhail (Misha) Tumasov (46) is an activist for LGBTQ+ human rights from Russia. He dreamed of becoming a priest. But as a gay man, he was compelled to take another path. Today he works with e.g. the Russian LGBT Network.

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Monica Tabengwa — Opposition to the traditional role of women made me an activist

Monica Tabengwa Portrait

Monica Tabengwa (51) is a human-rights activist from Botswana. She grew up with seven siblings and a single mother, became a lawyer and has spent decades working for LGBTIQ+ rights, including with Pan Africa ILGA and Human Rights Watch.

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Irene Garoës – Her greatest wish: A feminist world

Irene Garoes - Namibia

Irene Garoës is an activist who is passionate about feminist movement building at the community and national level with marginalised groups in Namibia. She leads the lesbian projects of the Women’s Leadership Centre, a feminist women’s rights organisation based in Namibia.

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Tash Dowell – I want to see tangible changes in Zimbabwe within my lifetime

Tash Dowell Portrait

Tash Dowell (35) is a queer human rights activist from Zimbabwe. She was a coordinator for the Masakhane Collective in Zimbabwe until late 2020, and in 2021 began working for the Coalition of African Lesbians. She also participates actively in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process for the UN.

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Lilith Raza – All refugees are entitled to a chance to develop their potential

Lilith Raza

Lilith Raza is a queer trans activist from Pakistan who has lived in Germany since 2012. She promotes the rights of LGBTIQ+ refugees, works for the LSVD’s “Queer Refugees Deutschland” project (Gay and Lesbian Foundation in Germany), and is active in queer networks throughout Europe.