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A Survivior and a Leader

The following is an excerpt of an article originally published in Spring 2015 edition of UMAA's Minnesota Magazine:

“As a girl my birth was a scandal,” says former Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow Agnes Igoye, staring straight into the camera. As the third baby girl in a row, her birth brought shame upon her family. But, unlike many in Uganda, her father, a teacher, believed in education for girls...

Last year Igoye received the Humphrey School’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals for her leadership on human rights and her efforts to improve the lives of impoverished women and children. She has founded many organizations, including Huts for Peace, which builds shelters for women in war-torn communities. She also works with Coming Home, a project to help orphaned children who have survived abduction and violence, and has helped send thousands of books to Kampala in collaboration with Minneapolis-based Books for Africa...

“I’ve been able to take what I’ve been through and use it to be a force for positive change,” she says. “Because of what I’ve been through I have the strength now to do anything.”

Date Published: Spring 2015