Laureates 2019

ACHARYA Triveni (54), INDIA

RESCUED FROM TORTURE TO EMPOWERMENT OF RURAL COMMUNITIES

Mrs. Acharya, former journalist with a reputed newspaper in Mumbai, took over as President of the Rescue Foundation in 2005, which combats Human Trafficking from the rural areas of India, Bangladesh, Nepal and any country from where girls and children are trafficked to India for commercial sexual exploitation.

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AKAKPO Adjoa (61), TOGO

A PIONEER WITH NUMEROUS TALENTS

This candidate is a pioneer of the organization of women in her country where she founded in 1990 the “Women’s association La Colombe” (The Dove) to bring immediate effective solutions to the different challenges faced by rural women:

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FETGO Bernadette (57), CAMEROON

EMPOWERING RURAL WOMEN TO CLAIM THEIR RIGHT TO LAND

The two Cameroon Prizewinnwers (2019) were selected by CEFAP-Ladies Circle, the WWSF national prize program partner in Cameroon, co-sponsored by WWSF

Mrs. FETGO Bernadette, a rural woman and mother of 9 children is a woman active in her village where she spends her time outside of her rural work, and her household chores, to gather the women of her community around the synergies for the reinforcement of their capacity,

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KABORE Wendlasida Constance (27), BURKINA FASO

WHERE THE ANTS CARRY THE ELEPHANTS

A school holiday she spent in her native village became a real eye-opener to Wendlasida Constance concerning the deplorable condition of rural women: with no independent sources of income, victims of their husbands likes and dislikes, living in appalling conditions of hygiene, etc. So, she created in 2014 the ALIA association (Association Libre Afrique – Free Africa Association).

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KASHYAP Shraddha (50) , INDIA

AN EPITOME OF COURAGE AND A TRUE CHANGE-MAKER

Shraddha belongs to a community called “Kurmi”, which is a caste in the category “Other Backward Classes” (OBC) in India. The major occupation of the Kurmi community is agriculture farming.

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LALPARASAROI Munteli (30), KENYA

THE GODDESS OF THE LIONS

Over a period of 26 years, this prize has received many original nominations, but this one involving lion conservation is unquestionably one of the most original. Populations of large mammals are declining at an alarming rate, especially in Africa where the lion population alone has decreased by 43% in the last 20 years, reaching a low of 20’000, of which a meager 2000 in Kenya.

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MOKO Jeanne d’Arc (51), CAMEROON

COMMITTED TO WOMEN’S RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY

The two Cameroon Prizewinnwers (2019) were selected by CEFAP-Ladies Circle, the WWSF national prize program partner in Cameroon, co-sponsored by WWSF

Mrs. MOKO Joan of Arc, a rural woman, widow and mother of 6 orphans has seen the whole burden of her family resting on her since 2010 that her husband has died, leaving her with 6 children. She works hard every day to support her orphans.

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MS.GEETA (39) AND MS. KANTA (41) share one prize, INDIA

TRAVELLING THROUGH HELL TO REACH HIGH WATER

Both candidates belong to the Harijans, a community of outcasts of the Haryana region. Despite her being an excellent student, Geeta was pulled out of school to get married and then confined to the family enclosure. When her husband lost his job, they could barely manage a meal a day for their children.

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NAIYAN Jebet Kiplagat (42), KENYA

A MANY-TALENTED LEADER OF INNOVATIVE DEVELOPMENT

Jebet Kiplagat Naiyan has had a major impact in her country in a variety of key areas, including mobilizing women to combat the severe impact of climate change in the Mau forest of Kenya. As a member of the Olulunga women’s group, she has worked to save marginalized communities both at the local and international level.

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NAMAGANDA Ruth (31) , UGANDA

QUEEN OF COFFEE PRODUCERS

Ruth was born in W. Uganda, the only girl among 14 children of a farm family depending on cattle and banana production for its livelihood. After a very brief stint as a storekeeper, Ruth rented land, reclaiming idle fields and transforming them into productive ones.

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