Posted on March 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A Rwandan writer has made history by receiving the 2021 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom.

Scholastique Mukasonga is the first African woman to be honored with the human rights prize that goes to individuals or groups fighting for gender equality and against human rights violations.

Her life was upended multiple times by upheaval and violence in her native Rwanda, and she lost almost forty relatives to the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi.

Mukasonga, who is also a licensed social worker, has written novels, memoirs, and a short-story collection; one of her best-known ones is Our Lady of the Nile (Notre-Dame du Nil), which won multiple literary prizes and was adapted into a film last year.

Brittle Paper has more on Mukasonga’s historic victory and career.

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