The gay and lesbian association of Zimbabwe (GALZ) has given international recognition for their human rights accomplishments. GALZ is to be awarded with this years’ IGLHRC Felipe de Souza Award which recognises the …..
"the courage and impact of grassroots groups and leaders dedicated to improving the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other individuals stigmatised and abused because of their sexuality."
The award comes with $5000 to assist grassroots human rights group in their work.
GALZ was started in 1990 and has continued to fight for the rights of gays and lesbians in an atmosphere of extreme intimidation and hostility. The organisation is also actively involved in the care and prevention of HIV/AIDS by providing training to both local and pan-African groups.
A spokesperson for GALZ made the following statement in appreciation of the award.
We are honoured to receive the 2005 Felipa Award, said Fadzai Muparutsa, programme manager for gender at GALZ. "Our work to improve the lives of sexual minorities in Zimbabwe is extremely challenging but critically important," Ms Muparutsa continued. "This recognition from the IGLHRC will boost our resolve in the face of adversity and is a wonderful gesture of solidarity from the international community."