Human Rights and the Rule of Law: The Franco-German Prize goes to Grace Osakue
Symbol of Germany and France’s shared values, illustrating their commitment to protecting and promoting human rights, the Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law was created in 2016 by the foreign ministers of our two countries. This year, a Nigerian, Grace Osakue, is among the winners!
Germany and France base their foreign policy on promoting and protecting human rights. In creating this award, our two countries have reiterated their common commitment to promoting and protecting these rights that determine whether there is peace, stability and justice in the world.
Fighting for human rights is crucial at a time when the universality of human rights is increasingly challenged. France and Germany recall with this award that human rights are upheld by men and women all over the world as well as principles enshrined in international texts
The action of human rights defenders is vital to raising awareness of public opinion, rallying civil society, supporting the victims of human rights abuses and ensuring that governments effectively deliver on their commitments. The Franco-German Prize for Human Rights and the Rule of Law was created to pay tribute to those men and women who pour their hearts and souls into defending human rights and whose action should be commended and supported.
Every year, the winners are chosen at the end of a joint selection process conducted by the French and German foreign ministries from a list of candidates put forward by the French and German embassies all over the world.
- Le prix franco-allemand des droits de l’Homme et de l’État de droit - Les lauréats de l’édition 2017
- Adilur Rahman Khan (Bangladesh),
- Nounongnon Balbylas Gbaguidi (Benin),
- Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga (Bolivia),
- Ragia Omran (Egypt),
- César Ricaurte (Ecuador),
- Abdullah Al Khonaini (Kuwait),
- Bekim Asani (Macedonia),
- Mandira Sharma (Nepal),
- Grace Idaehor Osakue (Nigeria),
- Rosemarie R. Trajano (Philippines),
- Elena Milashina (Russia),
- Shreen Abdul Saroor (Sri Lanka),
- Kerem Altiparmak (Turkey),
- Pavlo Lysianskyi (Ukraine),
- Liliana Ortega Mendoza (Venezuela).
Grace Osakue, a champion of the fight against human trafficking
Grace Osakue is co-founder and chair of Girls’ Power Initiative
(GPI) Nigeria, which equips women and youth through skills
building and comprehensive sexuality education. GPI supports
victims of human trafficking and helps sensitise communities
in order to prevent it. She has coordinated the GPI work on
human trafficking over the last eighteen years, spanning from
research, awareness raising for prevention to rehabilitation
of trafficked persons. She is furthermore the principal of a
Grammar School in Benin City, coordinator of the West Africa
Network for the Protection of Children in Nigeria-South, board
member of the Network of Civil Society Organisations against
Trafficking, Child Labour and Abuse, and chairperson of the
Board of Trustees of BraveHeart Initiative for Youth and Women.
Grace Osakue has extensive experience in research, advocacy
and consultancies on women, girls’ rights, empowerment
and sexuality issues and has published widely on these issues.