UWinnipeg student president wins human rights award

MeganFultzWINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg community congratulates UWSA President Megan Fultz who today was selected to receive the 2013 Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award.

The Association for Rights and Liberties, The Manitoba Human Rights Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Commission announced the recipients of the 2013 Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba and the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award.

Fultz graduated with a degree in International Development Studies and Human Rights & Global Studies from The University of Winnipeg in June 2013, and is currently serving as President of UWSA. She is interested in pursuing a career in international human rights law.

Among her many accomplishments, Fultz spent several years involved in activist work pertaining to women’s rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, the alleviation of global poverty, legal empowerment, and social inequality/exclusion.

When she was 16 years old, she helped start the Winnipeg chapter of the international human rights organization, Oxfam Canada. She served as the youngest Prairie Regional Chairperson of Oxfam Canada and as the President of Oxfam Winnipeg for three years. She was also chosen to be an Oxfam International Youth Partner, traveling to New Delhi, India in 2010 and collaborated with young people from 97 other countries on community leadership projects from all over the world. In 2010, Megan was presented with the Spirit of Change award by Oxfam Canada for outstanding contributions to the organization. She was also the youngest person to receive such an award. Last month, Fultz was selected to speak to 16,000 Manitoba youth at WE Day.

An Awards Ceremony will be held on December 10, 2013. See Megan’s bio here.

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MEDIA CONTACT

Diane Poulin, Senior Communications Specialist, The University of Winnipeg

P: 204.988.7135, E: d.poulin@uwinnipeg.ca

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