Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe
Director, Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda
Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe has been director of the Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring Center in Gulu, Uganda, since 2001, providing care and rehabilitation to more than 2,000 young women who had been abducted, raped, and tortured during Joseph Kony’s 20-year reign of terror in that country. In addition to providing a safe harbor for the former abductees, who are often shunned and persecuted by the people of their own villages, she has given them a way to support themselves through job training in tailoring, catering, and other skills, helping to restore their independence, dignity, and self-worth. For her extraordinary humanitarian work, Sister Rosemary was named a CNN Hero in 2007 and was included in TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People” list in 2014. Her lifelong championing of women and girls is the focus of a documentary entitled “Sewing Hope,” along with a book of the same name, relaying the story of one woman’s fight to restore hope to her nation.