Jacqueline Murekatete is internationally recognized for her work as a Human Rights Activist and genocide survivors’ advocate, speaking out for victims and survivors of genocide. Born in Rwanda in 1984, Jacqueline was not yet ten when she lost her entire immediate and extended family to the 1994 Rwandan Tutsi genocide.
At age 23, Jacqueline has already conducted more than 300 presentations in U.S-based schools, universities, faith-based communities, at international forums in Germany, Israel, Bosnia, and Belgium, and the United Nations General Assembly. Independently and with other Holocaust and genocide survivors, Jacqueline challenges people around the world to remember, to fight indifference, and to peacefully coexist.
Jacqueline’s story has been featured in the New York Times, the U.N Chronicle, the Washington Times, Newsday, People, Glamour, Teen Vogue, NPR, Voice of America, CNN, PBS, NBC, ABC, MTV-U, Polo Ralph Lauren GIVE campaign, and other leading media outlets worldwide.
For her work, Jacqueline has received a number of prestigious awards, including the Global Peace and Tolerance award from the United Nations, the Scandinavian Sprit award from the American Jewish Committee, a humanitarian award from the Anti-Defamation League; an honorary award from New York University at the 175th commencement ceremony, and most recently the United Nations International Peace Ambassadors’ outstanding humanitarian award.
Jacqueline is the founder and program director of Jacqueline’s Human Rights corner, a genocide prevention education program founded in April 2007, under the umbrella of Miracle Corners of the World (MCW), an internationally recognized non-profit organization based in New York City.
In Partnership with MCW, Jacqueline’s Human Rights Corner is currently working to develop genocide prevention education curriculums for young people, and to build a community center in Rwanda which will aim to empower genocide survivors to rebuild their lives, and to become agents of positive change in their country and in the world at large.