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NGO CSW Geneva President and World YWCA General Secretary, Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda was awarded the International Minerva Award on November 27 2012 in Roma, Italy.
Established in 1983 by Anna Maria Mammoliti, President of Il Club delle Donne, the Minerva award is given annually to remarkable women working in the fields of entrepreneurship and management, scientific research, arts, literature and social commitment. Nyaradzayi received the award under the category “Women in the world” in recognition of her more than 20 years of work and commitment for the civil and human rights of women.
“I dedicate this award to the millions of invisible heroines who are changing lives and changing communities as well as to my YWCA family”, said Nyaradzayi during the ceremony. “It is our roots that define our being. It is possible for rural girls, with experiences just like mine, growing up in poverty and in war, to have opportunities in life. This is only possible if our governments, and all of you, dare to give priority to peace, development and human rights”.
To this effect, a specific Facebook page, Women to Girls – Talk has been set up by WWSF – Women World Summit Foundation, a member organization. You can can directly post your message of support to the girls of the world on this page, open until 25 November.
Please visit https://www.facebook.com/WomantoGirlTalk?fref=ts !
Note: you can also send your message to us (using the contact form), and ww will post it for you!
Dear colleagues and friends of Conchita,
It is with great sadness that I am writing to you with the news of the passing of Conchita last Friday morning. I’ve only just heard the news today.
We’ve all been amazed by Conchita’s unwavering commitment to her principles and vision for the empowerment and dignity of all women- while enduring such a tremendous suffering over the recent months. I often thought when I saw her continued determination throughout her illness- and genuine concern that no opportunity be lost, “could I do that?”. I do not know, but seeing her courage has touched me deeply.
So many have been enriched by her knowledge and so impressed and encouraged by her life- and this will live on. I can say that I really love her and many share that sentiment with me. She has been a great mentor, model and partner, as she always closed her letters “yours in solidarity”. Her vigilant presence will be greatly missed at the United Nations and many, many other circles and I would propose that we could honor her memory in some meaningful way and continue to build upon her good work.
Conchita’s son Albert, has sent a mail, which some of you may have already seen, but which I am copying here.
Our family, Conchita’s sons, grandchildren and daughters-in-law are deeply saddened to inform you that Conchita Jimenez-Poncini has left us today, Friday May 13th 2011, after a long struggle against cancer. She fought this sickness with courage and dignity. She left peacefully this morning, her family beside her. We will miss her love, kindness and generosity. Our world is now very different without her.
Her funeral will be held at the Catholic Church of Troinex, Geneva, on Wednesday May 18th, 2011 at 14h30.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers.
- Albert & Julie, Alexandra, Sebastien, Louise
- Richard & Laurence, Mélanie
Bineta Diop, convener of the WG on Women Peace and Security, named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine
TIME named Ms. Bineta Diop, Founder and Executive Director of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS) and Convener of the Working Group on Women , PEace and Security, to the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Ms. Diop of Senegal has led numerous peacebuilding initiatives in Africa with a focus on the protection of women during armed conflicts and their inclusion in peace processes.
See FAS press release here
As decided in the last general meeting, a letter to Michelle Bachelet was written by Conchita Poncini, NGO CSW Geneva President, on February 15.
This letter was handed it to her personally in New York by Simone Ovart, Vice-President.
It can be downloaded here : NGO CSW Geneva letter to Michelle Bachelet february 2011
NGO-CSW Geneva Vice-President, Simone Ovart, elected President of the Italian National Committee at UN Women
Simon Ovart, our Committee’s Vice-President was elected President of the Italian National Committee at UN Women, the new UN Agency dedicated to Women.
UN Women National Committees support the mission of UN Women through their dynamic membership programs, public education about UN Women and global women’s issues, and private sector fundraising to support UN Women programs worldwide.
Simone also had the opportunity, during the CSW 55th in New-York last february, to meet with UN Women’s head, Mrs Bachelet, and delivered a letter from the NGO-CSW President Conchita Poncini.
Berhane Ras-Work, Convenor of the WG on Violence against Women and Girls receives highest Austrian award
Mrs. Berhane Ras-Work, a long time member of our Committee and WG Convenor, has been awarded the Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria, the highest award of Austria, by President Heinz Fischer.
The award ceremony took place on 26th April 2010, with attendees including international diplomats, members of the Austrian Parliament, NGO’s, ministries, as well as EU and UN representatives, and international journalists.
Among other things, Mrs Ras-Work has been fighting Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other Harmful Traditional Practices(HTP). Mrs. Ras-work is the first African/Ethiopian to break the taboo of FGM and the founder of The Inter-African Committee which now operates in 28 African countries to bring an end to FGM and other HTPs.
Further details about Mrs. Ras-Work pcan be found on her website: www.berhane-raswork.com.
My dear Friends,
I am pleased to announce you that, as member of the Jury of the International Minerva Prize, I will awardMrs. Conchita Poncini with the official Acknowledgment for her activities of woman who, during her life, stood up for human rights’ protection.
The Minerva Award can be defined as the “Holding of the Knowledge”, or the “Tip of the Iceberg” of the multinational of women’s intelligence. The Prize consists of a gold and gemstones pin representing Minerva’s head, designed by the Master Renato Guttuso. The award enjoys the support of the President of the Italian Republic.
The awards ceremony will be held on 26th November in Rome, by the Campidoglio, the headquarter of the Municipality of the City of Rome, as well as a historical and artistic site during the Roman Empire and the Middle Age period.
The event will be attended by the Highest Offices of State, and by personalities of the world of arts and culture.
Zonta International Representative – UN Geneva
Vice President NGO CSW Geneve