Selected Award Ceremonies 2009
Catherine OUEDRAOGO-KANSSOLE – a tireless creative innovator - BURKINA FASO
…”Before a big crowd attending the inauguration of the Center, Eliane Longet, President of Graine de Babaoba, who nominated Catherine, honored her by transmitting the WWSF Prize and certificate. The women attending the award ceremony danced through the whole night to celebrate."
Catherine thanked WWSF and shared that this award is encouraging her to continue without stopping her commitment for the empowerment of women in the rural community.
Madeleine GBLIA - “La Grâce des Femmes”, Facing adversity with bare hands - IVORY COAST
It is with great pleasure that I send you a report of the award ceremony:
More than 10,000 people attended the event chaired by the Prefect of Man, and represented by the Deputy Prefect of Logoualé. From 7 to 9 November, the radio MAN announced the manifestation daily. 27 dance groups and some 30 women’s groups attended. Not all groups could come due to the distance. Representatives from the FAO, CAIRE Intl. and ONUCI also joined in the festivities."
Anita RAGHAV – Obstacles show our strength - INDIA
Over 200 participants from 32 villages of Block Sohna, including Sarpanch (Village Council) and other Panchayat (Village Council) members, attended the award function for Anita, organized by the Rural Development Centre of Navjyoti India Foundation on 6 November 2009.
Ms Ujala Bedi highlighted the initiatives and work done by Ms Anita in the field of environment, against female feticide, etc. She is constantly working for the women to raise their voices and break barriers that impede their progress and self-reliance.
Ms Anita then thanked all the people that have empowered her to do this work and acknowledged WWSF for giving her this honor.
Mr. Lekhiram, Sarpanch (Village head council) of the village “Lohatki” congratulated Ms Anita and stressed that one should never discriminate during the upbringing of their children. He mentioned that nowaday’s girls are doing better than boys. He stressed that everyone should work with sincerity like Ms Anita to make this world worth living.
Ms Anita promised that the award money will be utilized for setting up a small unit for women to start some income generation activity, which will not only surge their economic status, but also empower them in enhancing their confidence. She asked other women to share their views.