BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo Law School Dean Makau W.
Mutua will be a guest of President Barack Obama and his wife,
Michelle, at a ceremony in the White House on Nov. 23 for his role
as one of five international and national human rights experts who
selected the recipient of this year's Robert F. Kennedy Human
The award, presented by Ethel Kennedy, will be given to
Magodonga Mahlangu and her organization, Women of Zimbabwe Arise
(WOZA). Mutua and the four other judges chose Mahlangu and WOZA for
organizing more than 60,000 Zimbabweans in an ongoing campaign of
non-violent action against injustice, exploitive social conditions
and oppression of women's rights.
Mutua -- who was named dean of the UB Law School in 2008 -- is
recognized as one of the world's foremost authorities in human
rights law. He is an internationally known scholar who works on
human rights issues around the world and serves as chair of the
Kenya Human Rights Commission.
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award was established in 1984
to honor courageous and innovative human rights defenders
throughout the world who stand up against injustice, often at great
personal risk. The award includes a cash prize of $30,000 and
on-going legal, advocacy and technical support through a
partnership with the RFK Center.
Mahlangu has been arrested more than 30 times in the course of
her work as a human rights defender. Along with WOZA co-founder
Jenni Williams, she has led campaigns with WOZA supporters to
address many of the most crucial human rights issues facing
Zimbabwean women, including domestic violence and rape, the right
to food and education for children, the rights to participation and
the right to association.
For more information, visit http://www.rfkcenter.org/node/370.
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