Catherine Anite is a Human Rights advocate. Her work focuses on the promotion and defence of freedom of expression, media rights, and access to information. She has over four years’ experience working with journalists, women, children and refugees. She is the Chief Legal Officer at the Human Rights Network for Journalists in Uganda, where she defends and represents journalists at police stations and courts of law, analyses and publicises laws and policies that impede on freedom of expression, publishes work on media rights, trains journalists on professional standards, promotes media self-regulation and spearheads media rights campaigns.
She has been a panel judge at the E. Price International Media Moot Court held at the University of Oxford in England, and was also selected by the U.S State Department in 2014 to participate in President Obama’s Washington Fellowship program for Young African Leaders –YALI. She studied civic leadership at the University of Delaware.
Catherine co-authored Beyond the Dance, an anthology exploring the complexities of female genital mutilation in Kapchorwa district. It was published by FEMRITE in 2009. Her poetry has also been published in 2 anthologies. Her desire to contribute to social change among vulnerable communities has led her to volunteer with the Women Lawyers Association (FIDA), Uganda Human Rights Commission, and the Danish Refugee Council.