Laureates 2016

Anne Pelagie Yotchou Tzudjom - Cameroon

Creating Strong Networks and Leadership among Rural Women

A founding member of the network Genre en Action in 2007 and coordinator of Cefap-Ladies Circle, Anne Pelagie is an expert in Gender, Development and Transitional Justice. She has been an active member of numerous networks in the field of gender issues and development. Her driving conviction has been that it is crucial to empower rural women for the wellbeing of their families and for the growth and well being of their local communities in the long run.

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Caroline Owashaba - Uganda

An Entrepreneur for Adding Value and Self Reliance

Caroline Owashaba (30) has begun many initiatives in her community, such as creating the International Day of the Girl Child recognition awards, and founding Action for Youth Development Uganda, a youth led organization that promotes gender equality, social justice, sexual reproductive health and rights of the rural people.

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Chinta Bai TREGRAM - India

A Strong Community Leader for Women Farmers

Chinta Bai (40) is a leader of Ram Rahim Pragati Producer Company Limited (RRPPCL), a significant rural economic farmer-owned institution in one of the poorest areas of Madhya Pradesh, India. Being born into a marginalized indigenous tribal community, in a condition of poverty, landlessness, and “bonded” farm work, Chinta’s rise as a community leader is evidence of her undeterred spirit to overcome all odds.

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Eva Darare Gonche - Kenya

Restoring Women’s Right to Life of Dignity

Eva Darare Gonche (45) has made an enormous impact on her community through her involvement in many major activities to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. In her community, there is a strict cultural bias against girls, especially those who become pregnant out of wedlock.

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Hermila (Mily) Treviño-Sauceda - USA

Creating Awareness about Farmworkers’ Rights

Mily Treviño-Sauceda (57) is the leader of the women farmworkers movement in the US, which started in California, and she works hard to help female farmers overcome oppression, achieve just treatment, and realize their potential.

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Kesi Bai - India

Fighting Patriarchal Structures of Decision-Making

Kesi Bai (48) resides in the Bhilwara District, a region in India that is severely drought prone. Despite the male-dominated way of life, Kesi Bai has played an important role in saving and developing pastureland and raising awareness for water crisis management.

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Nirmala Devi Tharu Chaudhary - Nepal

Power to the Indigenous Women Wage Laborers

Nirmala Devi Tharu Chaudhary (39) has done an exceptional job in empowering women in her community. Always eager to expand her education, Nirmala became a literacy facilitator, which offered her the opportunity to learn how to organize and manage women’s groups. She worked through Women Acting Together for Change (WATCH), an organization that focused on awareness, empowerment, organizing, self-reliance, and self respect, all values that Nirmala wanted to expand upon.

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Peggy Carswell - Canada

Steering the Organic Movement in Assam

Peggy Carswell (64), a resident of Canada, has been active in Assam, India, since seventeen years, where she has transformed the lives of thousands of people by inspiring them to use organic and sustainable farming techniques. Assam is one of the leading producers of tea in India, but farmers were accidentally misusing harmful pesticides because they could not read the English instructions.

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Tulsi Gyawali - Nepal

Empowering Women through Innovation in Waste Management

Tulsi Gyawali (50) is an innovator and leader in waste management. In her community, there was a lack of technology for solid waste management, so waste would be dumped into the center of the village. Tulsi found it to be problematic that people felt their responsibility was over after they threw the waste on the road. Not only did the garbage foster diseases and plagues, but it also led to environment degradation.

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