By Tewodros Melesse (Director General of IPPF)
In recognition of his life and courage, and the continued struggle of LGBTI individuals around the world, I am pleased to announce the call for nominations for the David Kato Vision & Voice Award. IPPF - along with other partners - established this award to be presented annually to an individual who demonstrates courage and outstanding leadership in advocating for the sexual rights of LGBTI individuals, particularly in environments where they face continued rejection, marginalization, isolation and persecution. Nominations for the award can be submitted until 1 November 2011 and are accepted for any individual whose leadership and life work has directly contributed to addressing the sexual rights of LGBTI people in their community. The award recipient will be announced on Human Rights Day (10 December 2011) and will be invited to attend part of the IPPF Donors’ Meeting at the end of January 2012 to collect the award.
If you know someone in your community who is particularly deserving of this award, I strongly encourage you to submit a nomination. For further information and to submit a nomination, please visit the award website: http://www.visionandvoiceaward.com/.