Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Meeting the 2007 International Honorees

In July Americans for UNFPA traveled to far and exotic lands to meet and film three recipients of the International Award for the Health and Dignity of Women.

Deni Robey journeyed to Niger to meet Madame Salamatou TraorĂ©. She addresses the health, social and long-term economic needs of Nigerien women who have suffered an obstetric fistula. A condition that affects very poor women in remote communities, fistulas rob women of their lives and are likely to reoccur, even when women undergo repair surgery. TraorĂ©’s strategies involve not just treatment but prevention and social reintegration.

Angeline Martyn traveled to Mongolia to meet Dr. Dorj Munkhuu and Cambodia to meet Ket Noeun. Dr. Munkhuu is known throughout Mongolia as one of the country’s most revered and influential leaders. A great-grandmother, doctor and member of Parliament, Dr. Munkhuu has helped shape democracy in Mongolia and brought about changes that improve women’s health and position them to win social and political power. She even ask for us to teach her lobbying techniques. Ket Noeun seeks justice for women and girls in Cambodia who have survived trafficking, domestic violence and rape. Beloved by those she fights for, Noeun engages police and other authorities to partner with the Cambodian Women’s Crisis Center (CWCC) to reduce violence in women’s lives and hold perpetrators accountable.

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