The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association has expanded the categories of human rights defenders for its annual honours, the organisation announced today in Harare.
The annual awards ceremony, now its second year, honours outstanding grassroots activists for their work in promoting and defending human rights, with nominees being drawn from all the ten administrative provinces and final winners chosen by a panel of adjudicators.
The outstanding human rights campaigners will be crowned at an awards dinner in Bulawayo on December 12 at a ceremony jointly organised by ZimRights and Bulawayo Agenda.
Award winners will receive a shield or trophy and a cash prize from the Guest of Honour, who is yet to be announced.
“In 2013, ZimRights is delighted to announce that we have expanded the categories from 14 in 2012 to 20 categories this year. The new categories include the Female Human Rights Artist of the year, Male Human Rights Artist of the year and the Peace Ambassador of the year, Outspoken MP of the year and Outstanding HRD of the year from People living with disabilities,” said Zimrights in a statement.
Existing categories are the awards for outstanding human rights defenders from all the 10 provinces, in addition to outstanding journalist, youth human rights defender and overall human rights defender of the year.