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Nigerian human rights activist AYESHA IMAM ("EYE-SHA E-MOM")

This year she received the John Humphrey Freedom Award for her 20 plus years in the field of human rights and democratic development in her country. In particular she was noted for her work to promote women's rights in Nigeria. She organized civil society organizations across the country to protest the planned adoption of a conservative and discriminatory form of law known as Sharia - which has been used to perpetuate violence against women.

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