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, and Senior Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). 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:
• The United Nations Earth Day International Award (1994)
• Abolitionist of the Year Award by the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (1996)
• The Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Award for Leadership (1997)
• The 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)
• The World Achievement Award (2004)
• The World Citizenship Award from The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (2006)
• Lifetime Achievement Award at the Latin-UK Awards (LUKAS) (2015)
• The Nuestra Madre Award from Americas for Conservation and the Arts (2015)
• The Mayahuel Award at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Iguana del Oro Award at the Puerto Vallarta International Film Festival (2016).
She has received four doctorates, honoris causa:
• Doctorate of Human Rights from Roehampton University, London 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