To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing +25, fifteen women were honored with the WHW Award in 2020.  Through a partnership with NGO CSW NY, WHW Award recipients were selected by representatives from each United Nations Region: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Latin America Caribbean, Eastern Europe and Western Europe.

Woman of Distinction Awardees

Dwi Ariyani

Dwi Aryani serves as the Program Officer for the Disability Rights Fund and Disability Rights Advocacy Fund in Indonesia, where she has been working for over a decade to build an inclusive, gender-transformative movement.

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Passy Mubalama

Ms. Passy Mubalama is a Pro-democracy and women’s rights activist with experience in promoting women rights, democracy, human rights in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is Founder and Executive director of Action and Development Initiative for the Protection of Women and Children affected by conflict (AIDPROFEN), a nonprofit organization that promotes women’s rights, women political participation in the eastern region of DRC.

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Dayna Ash

Dayna Ash is a cultural and social activist, playwright, performance poet and the Founder & Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Haven for Artists

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Anjum Sultana

Anjum Sultana is the National Director of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at YWCA Canada, the nation’s oldest gender equality organization. Anjum is the Founder of Millennial Womxn in Policy, a grassroots organization with over 2500 members, focused on the advancement of women and gender diverse people in public policy.

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Tarcila Rivera Zea

Tarcila Rivera Zea is one of the most recognized indigenous activists in Peru and the world. She has served as member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for the 2017-2019 period and has received several awards from Ford Foundation, Sacred Fire Foundation, among others.

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Generation Equality Campaign Awardees

Memory Kachambwa

Nominated by NGO CSW/Africa

Memory Kachambwa, Executive Director of FEMNET, is an intersectional feminist, a women’s rights activist with over 18 years of experience working on issues of gender and development, women’s empowerment and human rights at national, regional (Africa) and international levels.

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Carole Shaw

Nominated by NGO CSW/Asia-Pacific

Carole A. Shaw, Asia Pacific Women’s Watch, is an Australian political activist and principal sector specialist in gender equality, transforming gender status-quo through policy, international development, peace, conflict and humanitarian settings. She currently coordinates the NGO Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Network – Australia.

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Uma Shah and Suvekchya Rana​

Nominated by NGO CSW/Asia-Pacific

Uma Shah is one of the co-founders of Saathi in 1992 and at present she holds the position of the President of SAATHI since January 2016. Before being elected as the head of the organization, Ms Shah was extensively involved in managing and operating Saathi Women Shelters, the first of its kind in Nepal.

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Suvekchya Rana is a senior program officer at Saathi an NGO that works on Violence Against Women (VAW) in Nepal. She has been working for Saathi since 2004 and during this period has gained substantial experience on various spectrum of VAW and Gender Equality ranging from domestic violence, harmful traditional practices, child marriage, dignified menstruation, youth peace and security.

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Amy Dowdle & Pouya Saeedi

Nominated by NGO CSW/Geneva

Amy Dowdle graduated with a Bachelor of Biomedical Science (Honours, First Class) from the University of Otago in 2015. After spending a few years in the lab as a genomic researcher, she has recently completed her Master of Bioethics and Health Law (also at Otago) and now works for the New Zealand Parliament. Amy joined Graduate Women International in 2017, and soon took on leadership roles in the organisation at the local, national, and international level.

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Pouya Saeedi graduated with a Doctorate degree in Nutritional Epidemiology from the University of Otago, New Zealand. Currently she is working as the data scientist at International Diabetes Federation, in Brussels, Belgium and also studying the Master of Business Administration (MBA) at the Solvay Brussels School Economics & Management, Belgium.

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Dorotea Wilson Tathum &

Paola Tañez-Inofuentes

Nominated by NGO CSW/Latin America & the Caribbean

Dorotea Wilson Tathum, originally from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast; Msc. In Gender and Development. Central American University (UCA). Activist and activist for the defense of the Human Rights of Afro-descendant and Caribbean Women.

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Paola Yañez-Inofuentes was born on February 10, 1984. She is an Afro-Bolivian activist, feminist, Executive Director of the Afro-Bolivian Center for Integral and Community Development “CADIC”, Civil Engineer, Diploma in Mechanisms for the Defense of Rights of Indigenous and Afro-descendant Women from University Andina.

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Delores Robinson

Nominated by NGO CSW/Latin America & the Caribbean

Delores ‘Del’ Robinson, advocate, caregiver, counsellor, policy maker, net-weaver, mother-hen, superwoman, organizer, these are some of the ‘labels’ given to her at the grassroots level.
After over a decade of working in a Diplomatic Mission, in 2001 Delores went back to her roots – the women’s movement, where, for over thirty years she has been an active member,

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Ariane Moza

Nominated by NGO CSW/NY

Ariane Moza was born and raised in South-Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo. Despite her disability, Ariane has persisted and successfully completed her university degree in Management and Development. She is an active member of the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders’ Young Women Leaders for Peace, since its inception in South-Kivu in 2014.

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Noelene Nabulivou

Nominated by NGO CSW/NY

Noelene Nabulivou is a longtime feminist grassroots organiser and educator, feminist researcher, policy analyst, activist, advocate and movement-builder in Fiji, the Pacific, Australia and globally for over 35 years.

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Diana Abou Abbas

Nominated by NGO CSW/MENA-Arab States

Diana Abou Abbas is the Executive Director at Marsa – Sexual Health Center. Diana is a firm advocate for sexual and reproductive health rights. She began her career in communications before shifting to non-profit. She has grown as a person and as a professional with Marsa since 2011.

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Anna Rivina

Nominated by NGO CSW/Vienna

Anna Rivina (she/her/hers) has a PhD in Law and is the co-founder and Director of Abuse Problem Resolution Center “Nasiliu.net”. Anna created a help map with information on crisis centers across the country for the victims of domestic violence along with video instructions on how to behave when faced with violence and created many more important media projects.

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