The Vera Chirwa Award was instituted in 2006 on the occasion of the Centre being awarded the UNESCO Prize.
The Vera Chirwa Prize was instituted for the alumnus or alumna of the LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa who best embodied the principles of the programme in his or her subsequent career by “making a difference” to the protection of human rights or the strengthening of democratisation in Africa.
Vera Chirwa Award Winners
2013: Mr Augustin Kounkiné Somé (Burkina Faso)
To be considered for this award, subsequent to obtaining the degree LLM/MPhil in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa, the candidate must have demonstrated:
- Dedicated human rights activism;
- Leadership in the field of human rights and democratisation affecting Africa and Africans;
- A contribution to a specific human rights cause or causes;
- Commitment to improving the lives of people everywhere in Africa.