Clare Byarugaba

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights | Uganda

2018 New Voices Fellow


Clare is one of the only five LGBTI rights advocates in Uganda. Under her portfolio as the Equality and Non-Discrimination program at Chapter Four Uganda, she founded the first ever parents and families of LGBTI children support group, co founded the first ever LGBT swim team from Africa and uses advocacy through the law to promote the rights of LGBTI Ugandans.

Between 2012-2014, she coordinated a national coalition of over 50 diverse organizations that used their collective power to fight against the draconian 2009 Anti-Homosexuality bill. Clare and the Coalition received the 2011 US State Department’s Human Rights Defender Award for their tireless work.