Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe

Director, Saint Monica Girls’ Tailoring School

Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe is a Ugandan nun who has dedicated her life to helping women who were held captive by Joseph Kony, the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which fought government forces for over two decades. Sister Rosemary joined the Catholic order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 15 and trained as a midwife.

Since 2001 she has been director of St Monica’s, a vocational school for girls in Gulu, which has given refuge to more than 2,000 young women, many of whom were abducted, raped, tortured and even forced to kill members of their own family during their time in Kony’s army. In 2013, Sister Rosemary’s story was told in the documentary Sewing Hope, and the book of the same name.