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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Women Of Accomplishment!

Posted on July 13, 2008

Gruber Foundation Announces Winners of 2008 Gruber Prize for Women's Rights

The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation in St. Thomas, the Virgin Islands, has awarded the 2008 Gruber Foundation Women's Rights Prize to three activists who have led successful efforts to advance women's rights in their respective societies, often at great risk to their own safety.

The women, who will share the $500,000 prize, are Yanar Mohammed, publisher of the newspaper Al Mousawat ("equality") and co-founder of the Organization of Women's Freedom in Iraq; Sapana Pradhan Malla, president of the Forum for Women, Law & Development, a Kathmandu-based nongovernmental organization and leader in securing legal reforms that protect the fundamental reproductive and property rights of Nepalese women; and Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, a leading feminist scholar, therapist, and activist who has worked to end domestic violence, including so-called "honor killings," against Palestinian women.

"These women inspire us as they courageously fight for gender equality under the most difficult conditions of war and armed conflict — conditions that trigger deeply misogynistic ideologies and practices supported by nationalist and religious fundamentalism," said Pinar Ilkkaracan, co-recipient of the 2007 Gruber Prize and a member of the 2008 prize selection advisory board. "Through their vision and dedication, these prize recipients have become the world's conscience in the struggle for justice, peace, and equality between women and men."

“Three Activists to Share 2008 Gruber International Women's Rights Prize for Advancing Gender Equality.” Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation Press Release 7/08/08.

Primary Subject: Women
Secondary Subject(s): International Affairs/Development
Location(s): International, National, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

I have always said whatever progress women in THIS country make_ sets a standard for the rest of the world. Meaning, if women of the free world can accomplish the ultimate dreams of choice, of autonomy_ women in the rest of the world will have a momentum around their own efforts where ever we are! NO, this is not a naïve statement, it is one of conscious responsibility

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