The Centre for Human Rights has awarded the 2018 edition of its prestigious Vera Chirwa Award to Solomon Joojo Cobbinah in recognition of his contribution towards the advancement of the socio-economic rights of the most vulnerable in Africa, especially in Ghana, through his courageous and impactful journalism.
Joojo has leveraged on the power of videos and pictures to draw attention to some of the greatest injustices perpetrated against women, children, persons with disabilities and local communities. He has used his platform as a journalist to not only raise awareness about human rights abuses but to also trigger public demand for accountability.
His activism has resulted in changes to government’s environmental policies, and through his dedicated work, children have regained their access to quality education, hospitals have benefitted from critical healthcare equipment, the rights of persons with disability have been defended, and lives have been saved.
Due to his fearless advocacy, he has faced all manner of attacks including arrest by government. Nevertheless, he has remained relentless in the pursuit of a better life and the enjoyment of basic human rights for the less priviledged.
Joojo was announced as the award recipient during the Centre’s International Human Rights Day celebration held on 7 December 2018. He is a graduate of the HRDA Masters programme (Class of 2013). As part of the award, he has been invited to participate in targeted advocacy projects at the Centre for Human Rights in 2019.