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Bianca Jagger profile

Profile of Bianca Jagger.

Updated: Nov 09, 2017 17:19 IST
Bianca Jagger is a social and human rights advocate.
Bianca Jagger is a social and human rights advocate.

Bianca Jagger has committed her life to defending human rights, civil liberties, peace, social justice and environmental protection throughout the world. She campaigns to end capital punishment and violence against women and girls, and advocates for the rights of indigenous peoples and future generations.

She is Founder, President and Chief Executive of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF), which she established in 2005 to be a force for change and a voice for the most vulnerable.

Born in Managua, Nicaragua in 1950 Bianca Jagger left her native country to study political science in Paris with a scholarship from the French Government. She is Council of Europe Goodwill Ambassador, a Member of the Executive Director’s Leadership Council for Amnesty International USA, IUCN Bonn Challenge Ambassador.

Bianca Jagger is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including The Right Livelihood Award (2004) also known as the ‘alternative Nobel prize.’

Her other awards for human rights, humanitarian and environmental work include:

•United Nations Earth Day International Award (1994)

•Abolitionist of the Year Award by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (1996)

•Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership (1997)

•Green Globe Award from the Rainbow Alliance (1997)

•American Civil Liberties Union Award (1998)

•National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyer Champion of Justice Award (2000)

•World Achievement Award (2004)

•World Citizenship Award from The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (2006)

•Mayahuel Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Iguana del Oro Award at the Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival (2016)

Doctorates, honoris causa:

•Doctorate in Human Rights from the University of Roehampton, 2017

•Doctorate in Law from the University of East London, 2010

•Doctorate of Human Rights from Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, 2008

•Doctorate of Humanities from Stonehill College, Massachusetts, 1983