“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.” – President Bill Clinton
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.
For information about previous awardees, please visit www.amnestyusa.org/about-us/grants-and-awards/ginetta-sagan-award/ and click on read about “past recipients.”
For more than three decades, the late Ginetta Sagan, (1925-2000), recipient of the 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom, fought for the lives and rights of prisoners of conscience throughout the world. A tireless crusader and eternal optimist, Ginetta and her passionate dedication inspired generations of human rights advocates. 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 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.
For further information please visit: www.amnestyusa.org/about-us/grants-and-awards/ginetta-sagan-award/
The $20,000 award can be used by the awardee at her complete discretion. The money is awarded to the individual, not the organization.
With the $20,000 award to be used at the awardee's discretion, the Ginetta Sagan Award also seeks to support the awardee to receive training to assist in her ongoing work. To this end, in addition to the $20,000 award, the awardee can receive up to $5,000 to further their professional development. This can include covering her expenses to participate in, and/or attend trainings throughout 2019.
We ask that the awardee be available for a national tour to promote her work in late fall, 2018 for approximately two weeks. The awardee should be comfortable with public appearances, speaking in public, and doing interviews.
A political party leader or government official / employee is not eligible for the Ginetta Sagan Fund award. Amnesty International is a strictly non-partisan organization.
Nomination form and letters of recommendation must be received by June 1, 2018.
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.
Each letter of recommendation should inform the Selection Committee about why the candidate is deserving of the Ginetta Sagan Award for Women's and Children's Rights.
To the extent that it is relevant, please include any personal background related to human rights. Please include answers to the following questions:
These two letters can be from anyone familiar with the nominee’s human rights work. If possible, please have these two letters sent along with the nomination package. Please be sure to email letter of recommendation from each recommender to [email protected] with the name of the nominee in the subject line.
Please send a photograph of the nominee to be used for press materials to [email protected] with the name of the nominee in the subject line. Please be sure that the GSF has legal permission to use the photograph in all media.
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. This may be submitted along with the nominee photograph and letters of recommendation to [email protected].
PLEASE SUBMIT COMPLETED NOMINATION FORM AND SUPPORTING MATERIALS TO: [email protected]
** Please be sure to attach a letter of recommendation from each recommender **