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Women's Day 2016

Mulikuza Adrienne

Grassroots Voices: Gender Equality in the Community
"Frequently gender-based disparities exist and the victims are women and girls ... In a word, gender equality means men and women unite for development and for decision taking”  - M’ Mulikuza Adrienne, COFAPRI, DR Congo.

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'In 2015, I was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP University London... I also studied national and international human rights law, conventions and treaties... I am particularly interested in women’s issues such as FGM, child marriage, and maternal health.'

Courtenay Forbes 

I have a lifelong passion and commitment to human rights and a diverse range of experience with several organisations alongside Safeworld, such as Legal Action Worldwide and Freedom From Torture. I am currently developing my career in the human rights and not-for-profit sector.

I graduated from the University of Leicester in 2014, with a BA Hons 2:1 in Ancient History and History. My undergraduate degree allowed me to study ancient societies and cultural traditions, which formed the basis of my knowledge of political systems, welfare systems, and attitudes to gender, religion, sexuality etc. 

In 2015, I was awarded a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP University London. This has given me a working knowledge of broad areas of English law and the British legal system. I also studied national and international human rights law, conventions and treaties, and wrote an independent research essay on Article 2 ECHR (Right to life) and how far this imposes a positive obligation on member states. 

I can speak and write semi-fluent French and I am currently teaching myself Spanish. 

I have written in-depth research pieces and interviewed campaigners on many important global human rights issues, such as abortion, maternal health, the death penalty, and the lives of women in displacement areas. I have been made privy to private legal documents and highly sensitive data, for example when writing about imprisoned Ethiopian journalist Reeyot Alemu. I write for Safeworld in my spare time, alongside running the Student Writers Project as Student Liaison Officer, which involves interviewing new recruits, and researching and assigning article briefs. Furthermore, I assist the editorial team with editing articles ready for publication. I have attended many events as a representative of Safeworld, such as the Nominet Awards ceremony, a LAW panel discussion and a private screening of “He Named Me Malala”. 

I am particularly interested in women’s issues such as FGM, child marriage, and maternal health. I firmly believe real progress must be made by re-educating societies with strong cultural, religious or ethnical beliefs concerning the treatment of women, and bridging the gap between these traditions and modern-day human rights.  The work that Safeworld carries out, I feel, plays a crucial role in maintaining awareness globally about important ongoing issues.  Many human rights issues become high profile cases in British news, for example, for a short period of time, but then fade into the background.  Thus, it would be easy for many people to assume these issues have been resolved, when in fact they remain a huge problem. 

I feel it is of utmost importance that Safeworld continues to provide the platform for such issues for as long as they are prominent issues.


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