Kenyan Tax Justice Campaigner Awarded the Bremen Solidarity Prize

Bremen Solidarity Prize Laureate, Stella Agara, at the press conference before the award ceremony at the Bremen City Hall. Looking on is the City Mayor, Carsten Sieling. (Photo Credits)

The 15th Bremen Solidarity Prize was awarded last week, this time going to a renowned Kenyan activist and campaigner for tax justice, Stella Adhiambo Agara. With the Award, Ms. Agara not only becomes the first Kenyan to receive it but also joins the likes of Nelson and Winnie Mandela; who were the first to receive the award in 1988.

Sunday, 18th June at the City Hall in Bremen, a huge ceremony was ongoing attended by the who is who in the city. All this to celebrate an extra-ordinary Kenyan and her exemplary commitment to Tax justice for all. Stella Adhiambo Agara, a world leader in tax justice fighting against tax evasion.

Agara began her involvement as a child when she volunteered for the “Cancel Debts for Children” campaign and has never looked back since. She has been involved with ActionAid, an international non-governmental organization that carries out a worldwide campaign against tax evasion and a fair tax system. She currently works for African Youth Trust (AYT), an independent, non-partisan development and advocacy organization.

This year’s Solidarity Prize is intended to draw attention to the important structural importance of fiscal justice and the problem of international tax avoidance.

The Bremen Senate has been awarding the Solidarity Prize since 1988 every two years to people and initiatives committed to human rights and democracy as well as against racism and the consequences of colonialism. The first laureates of the award were the resistance fighters in 1988 and later South African President Nelson Mandela and his wife Winnie.

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