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Ten Years of Human Rights in South Africa

Independent Electoral Commission

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period June 1, 2004–May 31, 2005
  • Location Pretoria, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus South Africa

About this grant

This grant will allow the Independent Electoral Commission to host a special human rights award day to celebrate people and organizations that have significantly helped advance human rights in South Africa during the past 10 years. Each year on December 10 – International Human Rights Day – the commission organizes the celebration to commemorate outstanding efforts to promote human rights. In honor of the 10th year of South Africa’s democracy, the commission will focus on contributors from the past decade. Funding will support the award ceremony, including winners from various categories such as electoral democracy – institutions and individuals who have contributed in exceptional ways to supporting electoral processes and entrenching constitutional democracy; gender equality – organizations and individuals who have consistently demonstrated a commitment to promoting and advancing gender equality; human rights – outstanding organizations and individuals who have promoted a culture of human rights during the past decade; and the Duma Nokwe Award – an individual who has contributed to the advancement of human rights through the practice of law, in honor of Duma Nokwe, a prominent African human rights lawyer during apartheid.The Independent Electoral Commission, established in 1996, seeks to strengthen constitutional democracy and promote democratic electoral processes.