2019 Award Recipients
Cristina is a committed activist and feminist. Over the years, she has consistently stood in defense of human rights, and fundamental freedoms. Fearlessly, she has raised issues of State accountability against human rights violations, and their impact particularly on women that have been committed by different administrations of the government of the Philippines.
Peggy Mativo Ochola
Peggy was raised in a family that believed in the power and importance of education and that voluntary service work was something in which to engage as one way to give back to community and society. She excelled at school, which eventually resulted in her winning a prestigious Zawadi Africa scholarship and attended Harvard earning degrees in Chemistry and East Asian Studies.
Nzambi is the founder of Gjenge Makers, a social enterprises with the aim to tackle waste pollution by collecting plastics (primarily water bottles) from households and institutions and converting the waste into paving and building blocks for construction. Nzambi is a trained engineer and schooled in biochemistry. The years following her college graduation has been working in a corporate environment, a proud achievement for both her family and her community.
Zimbabwe is a jewel in Southern Africa. Once dubbed the ‘bread basket of Africa’, Zimbabwe has been degraded through years of misrule, corruption and economic instability. The unemployment rate has reached an alarming 94 percent and a significant proportion of the population lives below the poverty datum line. Sadly, women, girls and youth are most affected.
Resa’s family moved from Padang in West Sumatera when she was eight to Bantar Gebang. At that time, Bantar Gebang was green with rice fields. Seeing these fields slowly turn into mountains of garbage motivated Resa to become the environmental activist that she is today.
Korea Peace Now
The Korean Women’s Association United, Women Making Peace, National YWCA of Korea and Korea Women’s Alliance undertook great efforts to unite their voices and officially launched their coalition, Korean Women’s Movement for Peace and launched the Korea Peace Now Campaign! on May 24th, the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, to at last achieve a peace treaty, end a 70 year old war that has caused countless deaths, injury, destruction and left divided families and began the most heavily militarized place on earth, the DMZ, and, as Eisenhower noted, launched ‘the military-industrial complex’.
Farida N. Bedwei
Farida is an entrepreneur and a disability rights advocate who has won many awards for her advocacy. She was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at age one (1), but hasn’t let that deter her from her ambitions in the tech industry. Her company, Logiciel, is currently the leading provider of microfinance banking solutions in Ghana and she was voted the most influential woman in finance, in 2013 for her work in promoting financial inclusion.
Rose tells her story here: https://vimeo.com/190296107. Rose was born in a rural area in Kenya and, like most girls in her village, she spent her childhood walking long distances to fetch water. She dreamed about growing up and doing something about this problem that risked the lives and limited the potential of so many women and girls in her region. Rose grew up and did just that.
Ms. Ngassa has been actively involved with World Pulse for almost five years, and has written many posts for the site. Notably, as the horrific conflict has increased in Cameroon, Ms. Ngassa has been a fearless leader working to unify Anglophone and Francophone women in Cameroon through a shared vision for peace through digital storytelling.
Being a journalist in Mexico is like walking around with a target on your back. For years the country has ranked one of the most dangerous for reporters. Collusion between officials and organized crime makes the country, while not at war, even more dangerous than some war-torn nations.
Cristina Ávila-Zesatti has had a long and successful career as a journalist, working for major news organizations such as CNN, NBC and Telemundo International. She left those news organizations ten years ago, not to seek a lower profile or safer career, but to dedicate her career fully to “peace journalism.”
Melissa was personally affected by autism in her family and was driven to create change in communities that did not have knowledge or skills to bring a better relationship for children with autism in communities suffering within conflict zones. Through A Global Voice for Autism, Melissa Diamond and her team, work in communities located in Palestine, Turkey and Jordan to build support individuals with autism to help shift community mindsets from the exclusion towards inclusion whereby all individual are considered a worthy member of society.