The Ginetta Sagan Fund

The Ginetta Sagan Fund

The Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA was created to recognize and assist women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread. The Ginetta Sagan Award recognizes individual accomplishment, but also serves as a beacon of hope to women everywhere who are fighting for human rights.

"Ginetta Sagan's name is synonymous with the fight for human rights around the world. She represents to all the triumph of the human spirit over tyranny." – Bill Clinton

The Award:

  • Recognizes outstanding achievement, often at great personal risk.
  • Enhances the recipient's ability to live and work freely, and protects the recipient's capacity to continue her work, by bringing a new level of international attention to her accomplishments and the obstacles she faces.
  • Brings increased international scrutiny to the crisis, region or issue for which the recipient works.

The Ginetta Sagan Fund emphasizes that more human rights work must be done by and for women. The $20,000 award is announced and presented each year at the Annual General Meeting of Amnesty International USA. Read about past recipients.

Call For Nominations

The Ginetta Sagan Fund of AIUSA is now receiving nominations for the 2016 Ginetta Sagan Award. Please find the online nomination form here.

The Ginetta Sagan Fund's annual award grant of $20,000 provides recognition of and assistance to women doing effective work to protect the dignity, liberty and lives of women and/or children in regions of crisis.

The Ginetta Sagan Award is given in recognition of individual accomplishment, but also in the belief that it will serve as a beacon of hope to women everywhere who are fighting for human rights. The Award is intended to help women throughout the world in their struggle to overcome oppression, to let them know that they are not alone. The announcement and presentation of the annual award and grant serves to:

  • Recognize the recipient's outstanding achievement, often at great personal risk, in helping victims of violence;
  • Protect the recipient's ability to live and work freely;
  • Enhance the recipient's capacity to expand and improve her work;
  • Bring increased international scrutiny to the crisis region or issue for which the recipient works.

The deadline for submission is November 2, 2015.

About Ginetta Sagan: For more than three decades, the late Ginetta Sagan, recipient of the 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom, fought for the lives and rights of prisoners of conscience throughout the world. Co-founder of Amnesty International USA's Western Region, Ginetta's activism - and her compelling personal narrative as a Resistance courier detained and tortured in WWII Italy – inspired generations of human rights defenders. In honor of her humanitarian achievements, Amnesty International USA created the Ginetta Sagan Fund in 1994, one of AIUSA's first permanently endowed funds and the only fund that specifically addresses the needs of women and of children. The Ginetta Sagan Fund ensures the continuation in perpetuity of Ginetta’s human rights legacy and brings worldwide attention to the abuses perpetrated on women and children.

Support The Ginetta Sagan Fund

Your support of the Ginetta Sagan Fund will show women and children who are victims of human rights abuses that someone cares enough to intervene and raise awareness on behalf of their plight.

You may wish to consider the following options for contribution:

  • Cash gifts
  • Gifts of appreciated securities
  • Gifts of real estate or charitable remainder interests
  • Transfers of assets from another foundation
  • Naming the Ginetta Sagan Fund as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy
  • Including the Ginetta Sagan Fund in a will
  • Cash and in-kind contributions to the Ginetta Sagan Fund are deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Checks should be made payable to Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA.

Please mail contributions to:

The Ginetta Sagan Fund
c/o Amnesty International USA
5 Penn Plaza
New York, NY 10001

For questions about donations or more information on the call for nominations please contact:

Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA
1624 Franklin St, Suite 520
Oakland, CA 94612
gsf@aiusa.org