Thursday, June 17, 2010

Jacqueline Murekatete (CAS '07) - Youth Leader and Humanitarian

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Jacqueline Murekatete (CAS ’07) is the founder and program director of Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner, a genocide prevention program.

Ms. Murekatete was born in Rwanda and when she was not yet ten years old, she lost her entire family to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide. She has used her experience to speak out for other victims and survivors of genocide. She started giving presentations while she was still in high school and she has now given over 300 presentations to schools, universities, the United Nations and other international forums. She has received many prominent awards such as the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from Friends of the United Nations, The Ina Kay Award from the Anti-Defamation League and the United Nations International Peace Ambassadors’ outstanding humanitarian award.

She was recently chosen as one of the nominees for The Do Something Award. This award honors those, 25 and under, who are the best world-changers. It is given by the nonprofit organization, Do Something, which is devoted to inspiring and empowering youths to improve their communities. The award winner will be chosen through public voting and will be announced on July 19 on VH1.

To learn more about Jacqueline or to submit your vote for The Do Something Award, visit http://www.vh1.com/shows/events/do_something_awards/2010/the-do-something-award .

Photo courtesy of www.vh1.com.


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