AJWS Grantees Win “International Women of Courage” Award

 

AJWS Grantees Win “International Women of Courage” Award

March 5, 2010

Language, culture and an ocean separate Ann Njogu and Sonia Pierre, but these two women share a common goal: to build a better world for women and girls. On March 10, their bond will grow stronger when they each receive the "International Women of Courage Award"—an honor given by the U.S. Department of State for outstanding women leaders around the world who have demonstrated courage in their struggles for social justice and human rights.

"The pioneering vision and leadership that Ann and Sonia bring to their work is precisely what the world needs more of," said AJWS President Ruth Messinger. "We are extraordinarily proud of both of these women and know that they will continue to help us build a safe and just future for women and girls worldwide."

Ann Njogu, a board member and founding member of Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)—an AJWS grantee—has been instrumental in building CREAW as an organizational leader in eradicating sexual and gender-based violence to help Kenya become a country that actualizes women's rights, increases women's access to legal education and trauma counseling, and sustains a national peace-building process.

With AJWS's support, CREAW began its Adolescent Reproductive Health Rights Project to educate adolescent girls about their sexual and reproductive health rights and to increase their access to legal redress. Part of the Girl Effect, CREAW is one of 16 AJWS grantees in Ethiopia, Kenya and India that are creating safe spaces for adolescent girls to become change-makers in their communities,

Ann shares her story about how CREAW is resisting gender-based violence and fighting for women's rights in Kenya.

Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW) youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgVdagVr7XE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgVdagVr7XE XgVdagVr7XE 16_9 /embed-source/youtube

Ann Njogu, the executive director of Centre for Rights Education and Awareness (CREAW)—an AJWS grantee—has been instrumental in building CREAW as an organizational leader in eradicating sexual and gender-based violence to help Kenya become a country that actualizes womens rights, increases womens access to legal education and trauma counseling, and sustains a national peace-building process.

Sonia Pierre is the director of the Movement of Haitian and Dominican-Haitian Women (MUDHA) and the 2006 winner of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award. She has worked tirelessly to advance the quality of life for Haitian nationals in the Dominican Republic who are routinely denied basic human rights.

MUDHA was one of the first responders to the earthquake in Haiti and, in an astounding grassroots organizing effort, coordinated relief caravans with medical and personal hygiene supplies, focusing primarily on the needs of women neglected by large-scale relief operations.

Learn about MUDHA's response in Haiti and listen to Sonia share her thoughts on disaster relief efforts to serve vulnerable women.

AJWS grantees in the Dominican Republic respond to the crisis in Haiti youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4OSQ9oHPwk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4OSQ9oHPwk k4OSQ9oHPwk 16_9 /embed-source/youtube

Following the earthquake in Haiti, AJWS grantees mobilized caravans to bring aid from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. They were among the first responders bringing aid across the border into Port-au-Prince and neighboring affected areas.