Ms. Alice Mogwe is the current President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) since her election in October 2019. Ms. Mogwe, a staunch human rights advocate and civil society leader, will lead the Federation for the next three years, ushering in its 100th anniversary in 2022. Ms. Alice is also the founder and director of DITSHWANELO – the Botswana Centre for Human Rights. She has spearheaded efforts to advance human rights in Botswana and its Southern African neighbors. It advocates for changes in laws, policies and practices, and to raise public awareness of rights and responsibilities.
In December 2018, Ms. Mogwe was the first civil society leader to address the United Nations General Assembly on behalf of over 250 human rights defenders from around the world.
Previously, Ms. Mogwe served as a 2014 civil society Election Observer for the Botswana Council of Non-Governmental Organizations, and as Mission Leader for the Botswana Election Support Network during the 2009 General Elections. As a consultant, Alice has worked to conduct trainings and workshops, facilitate dialogues, and author reports for a variety of organizations, including the Swedish Development Agency, UNICEF, Africa Information Afrique, Amnesty International, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Ms. Mogwe also delivered a TEDx Gaborone Talk on leadership in 2017.
In addition to her position on ICNL’s Advisory Council, Alice also serves as a board member for the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the Botswana National Commission for UNESCO, and the Botswana Baylor Children’s Centre of Excellence Collaborative African Genomics Network (CAfGEN).
Alice graduated with a B.A. and LL.B from the University of Cape Town, before continuing to earn an LL.M in Law, Economy and Society from the University of Kent at Canterbury. She has received several awards for her work as a human rights leader, including the Human Rights Prize of the Commission Nationale Consultative des Droits de l’Homme (CNCDH), the David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award, the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite awarded by the Government of the Republic of France, and a Recognition of Contribution as a Vanguard Women’s Leader of Botswana.