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Women win prizes!
On 8 March the United Nations Development Fund for Women and International Alert awarded Women in Black, Belgrade, among others, their millennium peace prize.
This year, the award was bestowed upon six women and organisations, for their courage and hard work. Among the six were, Dr Flora Brovina, a Kosovar Albanian human rights campaigner, imprisoned in 1999 by Serb authorities, and Veneranda Nzambazamariya for her role in promoting peace in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide and for helping women rebuild their lives.
Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani, the human rights activists and lawyers, were also among the recipients – in acknowledgement of their fight against the oppression of women and minorities in Pakistan.
The two other organisations to receive the award were Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency, for its cross community work during and after the nine-year war between Papua New Guinea's military and the Bougainville rebels, and Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeras, the nationwide coalition campaigning for peace in Colombia. The prize, which is part of the “Women Building Peace” campaign, was organised by International Alert, in a global effort to raise awareness about women's experiences and to encourage their participation at all levels of peacebuilding.
For contact details and more on Women in Black.