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Call For Nomination for The 2009 Felipa Award

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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 2009 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 irrespective of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. 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 also 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.

Recognizing the challenges that lie ahead, IGLHRC will use the International Day Against Homophobia to launch a set of initiatives and activities in partnership with LGBTI groups and allies related to two of IGLHRC's top priorities: 1) Challenging the specific forms of violence and discrimination faced by lesbian, bisexual and transgender women, and 2) Ending the criminalization of homosexuality and the abuse related to arbitrary arrests of LGBTI people.

Award Criteria

In reviewing the candidates, the following criteria will be considered:

  1. Demonstrated leadership and a record of outstanding achievements in the field of human rights and issues of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status
  2. Practical work in the field and in difficult circumstances
  3. Demonstrated capacity to establish links and build lasting coalitions with others struggling for human rights, gender equality, and/or social and economic justice
  4. Predominant activities in developing countries and/or with marginalized communities
  5. 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 typically announces its decision by the end of 2008.

Nomination Process

Please be sure to answer all questions on the following nomination form. You may use a separate sheet if necessary. Felipa nominations should be mailed, faxed or emailed to the address below by October 15, 2008 in order to qualify for the 2009 award. If you do not receive a confirmation by the end of October 2008, 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. If you applied last year, you do not need to resubmit the whole application, juts one letter with relevant updates.

Due to our resource limitations, nominations must be submitted in English, French, Spanish or Portuguese. We are sorry for not being able this year to process nominations in other languages.

Deadline for nominations: October 15, 2008

You can download the nomination form (in Microsoft Word format) from IGLHRC's website
Please send your nominations to:

By Mail:
Felipa Nominations 2009
80 Maiden Lane, Suite 1505
New York, NY 10038, USA

By Fax:

By Email:


The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is a leading human rights organization solely devoted to improving the rights of people around the world who are targeted for imprisonment, abuse or death because of their sexuality, gender identity or HIV/AIDS status. IGLHRC addresses human rights violations by partnering with and supporting activists in countries around the world, monitoring and documenting human rights abuses, engaging offending governments, and educating international human rights officials. A non-profit, non-governmental organization, IGLHRC is based in New York, with offices in Cape Town and Buenos Aires. Visit for more information



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