Felipa de Souza Award

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) calls on the international LGBTI, human rights, and sexual rights communities to submit nominations for the Felipa de Souza Award.

The Felipa Award honors an organization or an individual whose work has made a significant contribution toward securing the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status, anywhere in the world.

The award commemorates Felipa de Souza, a woman who was convicted and tortured in Brazil by the Portuguese Inquisition in 1591 for having sexual relationships with other women.

With the Felipa Award, IGLHRC seeks to publicly recognize the courage and activism of grassroots groups and individuals working under the most challenging conditions in pursuit of human rights for all people irrespective of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status.

IGLHRC seek nominations for organizations and individuals from all regions of the world and from as wide a range of communities as possible, particularly from communities with limited access to movement-building resources and support.

IGLHRC welcome nominations for younger as well as more established organizations and individuals; however we consider organizational stability and a proven track record to be essential to the evaluation process.


  • The Felipa recipient will receive a cash award to help further their work.
  • IGLHRC will also cover all travel and accommodation expenses for the individual award recipient (or one designated representative from an organization) to travel to the United States to be honored at our annual springtime ceremonies in New York City and San Francisco.

    Award Criteria:

    In reviewing the candidates, the following criteria will be considered:

  • Demonstrated leadership and a record of outstanding achievements in the field of human rights and issues of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status
  • Practical work in the field and in difficult circumstances
  • Demonstrated capacity to establish links and build lasting coalitions with others struggling for human rights, gender equality, and/or social and economic justice
  • Predominant activities in developing countries and/or with marginalized communities
  • Potential impact of the award in supporting and strengthening candidates' work in the future

    Deadline: 1st October

    For more information and application, visit: Felipa de Souza Award Website

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