2001• Journalism & Activism Award
Charlene Smith, the recipient of this year’s Journalism and Activism Award, has won much acclaim as a freelance journalist who specializes in politics, economics and human rights issues. She has expertise in television, radio and print and has authored four books.
became well-known as a journalist, beginning at the age of 17 when
she reported on the 1976 Soweto uprising, the dead bodies and the
intense emotions it stirred. “It instilled in me an anger so acute
against apartheid that I never stopped going into townships and writing
about injustice,” she wrote recently.
speaker at the Durban World AIDS conference (2000) Charlene has also
influenced changes to guidelines, activism, research, counselling and
laws concerning sexual
violence and HIV in countries as diverse as South Africa, Namibia, Singapore,
USA, Canada , France, Kenya and Britain, among others.
work has led to the establishment of rape insurance policies that focus
not on monetary payouts but on the healing of the rape survivor (and
her family) and access to anti-retrovirlas after the rape and managed
HIV care if necessary.