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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:


Minerva Prize awarded to NGO-CSW President Conchita Poncini

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.

Kind regards,

Simone Ovart

Zonta International Representative – UN Geneva

Vice President NGO CSW Geneve