Ginetta Sagan Award Nomination Form

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The purpose of the Ginetta Sagan Fund of Amnesty International USA is to support courageous women human rights defenders who are working in dangerous contexts to further the rights of women and children. The creation of the Ginetta Sagan Fund emphasizes that more human rights work must be done by and for women. The $20,000 award recognizes individual accomplishment, but also serves as a beacon of hope to women everywhere who are fighting for human rights.

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.

Awardee Qualities

  • Founder and/or Executive Director of an organization.
  • Under threat for her activism.
  • Proven effective at addressing human rights issues.
  • Has brought about significant change in her country, region, or issue through her work.

Visit this page for information about previous awardees.


History of the Ginetta Sagan Fund

For more than three decades, the late Ginetta Sagan (1925-2000) fought for the lives and rights of prisoners of conscience throughout the world. A tireless crusader and eternal optimist, Ginetta inspired generations of human rights advocates with her passionate activism. In honor of her humanitarian achievements, Amnesty International USA created the Ginetta Sagan Fund in 1994, one of its first permanently endowed funds and the only fund that specifically addresses the needs of women and children. The Ginetta Sagan Fund ensures the continuation of Ginetta’s human rights legacy and brings worldwide attention to the abuses perpetrated on women and children.


Award Information

The $20,000 award can be used by the awardee at her complete discretion. The money is awarded to the individual, not the organization.


Nomination Guidelines

A political party leader or government official or employee is not eligible for the Ginetta Sagan Fund award. Amnesty International is a non-partisan organization.


Nomination Form

We ask that the nomination form be completed as thoroughly and with as much detail as possible. The nomination form can be completed by anyone who knows about the nominee and her work.


Two Letters of Recommendation

In addition to the nomination form you complete, you are invited to include up to two letters of recommendation from other people who are familiar with the nominee’s human rights work. The recommendation letter should outline: How and to what extent the writer knows the nominee, how the nominee has impacted and/or transformed her community through her work, and any other relevant information. Please be sure to attach any letter of recommendation to your submission at the end of this online form.



Please be sure to attach a photograph of the nominee to be used for publicity materials through this online form. Please be sure that Amnesty International USA has legal permission to use the photograph in all media.


Supporting Materials

Any additional material that can help the Selection Committee gain insight into the candidate would be very helpful. This can include website links to press, interviews, and any other relevant information. Please submit those materials as document attachments.



The completed nomination form (including any letters of recommendation and supporting materials) must be received by August 5, 2024. Please submit your completed nomination form and all supporting materials via this online form. If you have any questions or problems with this form, please email [email protected].

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