The 2007 Felipa Award
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) calls on the international LGBTI, human rights and sexual rights communities to submit nominations for the 2007 Felipa Award.
Purpose of the Award and General Guidelines
The Felipa Award honors an organization or an individual whose work has made a significant contribution toward securing the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status, anywhere in the world. The award commemorates Felipa de Souza, a woman who was convicted and tortured in Brazil by the Portuguese Inquisition in 1591 for having sexual relationships with other women.
With the Felipa Award, IGLHRC seeks to publicly recognize the courage and activism of grassroots groups and individuals working under the most challenging conditions in pursuit of human rights for all people. We seek nominations for organizations and individuals from all regions of the world and from as wide a range of communities as possible, particularly from communities with limited access to movement-building resources and support. We welcome nominations for younger as well as more established organizations and individuals.
The Felipa Award is one of three awards presented each year at A Celebration of Courage, IGLHRC's signature fundraising event, hosted jointly in San Francisco and New York City. A Celebration of Courage provides an important opportunity for IGLHRC to raise awareness among members, donors, and sponsors about the organization’s work in international LGBTI human rights. The support generated for IGLHRC at this event, from dedicated donors and sponsors, is critical to enabling us to do our work and to lend support to our partners and allies throughout the world.
The Felipa recipient will receive a cash award to help further their work. IGLHRC will cover all travel and accommodation expenses for the individual award recipient (or one designated representative from an organization) to travel to the United States to be honored at our annual springtime ceremonies in New York City and San Francisco.
In reviewing the candidates, the following criteria will be considered and evaluated:
- Demonstrated leadership and a record of outstanding achievements in the field
- Practical work in the field and in difficult circumstances
- Demonstrated capacity to establish links and build lasting coalitions with others struggling for human rights, gender equality, and/or social and economic justice
- Predominant activities in developing countries and/or with marginalized communities
- Potential impact of the award in supporting and strengthening candidates' work in the future
IGLHRC’s Board of Directors will make a final decision regarding the award after consulting IGLHRC's International Advisory Council and staff. The Board of Directors will announce its decision by the end of 2006.
Please be sure to answer all questions on the nomination form. You may use a separate sheet if necessary. Felipa nominations should be mailed, faxed or emailed to the address below by November 1, 2006 in order to qualify for the 2007 award. If you do not receive a confirmation by November 7, 2006, this may mean that your nomination did not reach us in time; we will file your nomination for consideration in the next yearly cycle.
Nominations may be made by anyone, including the candidates themselves. IGLHRC no longer accepts nominations for posthumous awards. We would like to encourage candidates and those nominating candidates who may not have been selected in the past, to reapply for the award.
Due to our resource limitations, nominations must be submitted in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish. We will not be able to process nominations in any other language. Our deepest apologies.
Deadline for nominations: November 1, 2006
Please send your nominations to:
Felipa Nominations 2007
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 1505
New York, NY 10038, USA
Published on September 18, 2006 | OutRight Action International an LGBT human rights organization