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WWSF Prize for Prevention of Child Abuse

 

 
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2005: WWSF Prize for Prevention of Child Abuse Award Ceremony - Geneva

18 November 2005 at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Palais Wilson, Geneva

WWSF Executive Director, Elly Pradervand, briefly explained why the Prize was in the past named after Betty Makoni (in honor of a committed child rights activist in Zimbabwe), and presented the four laureate organizations selected for their innovative prevention activities in 2005:

  1. International Child Abuse Network – Yes ICAN, USA (US$ 3000)
  2. Asociación Afecto contra el maltrato infantil, Colombia (US$ 1000)
  3. Muhammadan Women Welfare Society, Pakistan and Youth Net and Counselling YONECO, Malawi (US$ 500 each).

Mrs. Sue Meier, Executive Director and Founder of the International Child Abuse Network – Yes ICAN, was invited to Geneva to personally receive the first Prize for the innovative activities organized under her leadership in California on 19 November 2004 and 2005. Yes ICAN was especially selected for its interventions with elected US officials.

  


In 2003, the Mayor of Los Angeles (James Hahn) proclaimed 19 November – World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse for the city’s residents. In 2004 and 2005, Yes ICAN received a new proclamation from the Mayor, as well as the support of the Governor of California (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and the L.A. Board of Supervisors, designating 19 November – World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse not only for Los Angeles but also for the State of California. In addition, Yes ICAN received letters of support from US Congress members Brad Sherman and Senator Boxer. This empowers Yes ICAN to now solicit the Federal Government.

A few words about Betty Makoni
Betty Makoni is a remarkable child rights advocate in Zimbabwe. Herself victim of abuse in her childhood, she used her experience to fight against all forms of child abuse and founded in 1998 the Girl Child Network which includes today hundreds of clubs and offers various training programs including prevention of child abuse to thousands of girls. Known as an outstanding community leader in her country, Betty has so far protected and rehabilitated more than 20'000 girls, victims of rape, early marriages, genital mutilation and other forms of sexual abuse. Naming until 2005 the WWSF Prize after her, honoured Betty Makoni’s exceptional commitment to child abuse prevention.

 

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2004: WWSF Prize for Prevention of Child Abuse First Award Ceremony - Geneva
Anciennement Prix Betty Makoni

WWSF awarded the Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights PCSW&HR with the "WWSF Prize for Prevention of Child Abuse" (second Laureate organization 1000 US$).
WWSF briefly explained why the Prize was in the past named after Betty Makoni, a Zimbabwe Child Rights activist, and presented the four organizations awarded for the first year :

  1. Women Action Coalition for Child Abuse of Nigeria (3000 US$)
  2. Pakistan Council for Social Welfare & Human Rights (1000 US$)
  3. Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse of East Asia in China and Vienna Network for Prevention of Sexual Abuse against Girls, Boys and Youth in Austria (500 US$ each).

Mr. Muhammad Noori, Chairman of PCSW&HR, invited by WWSF, personally received the award in Geneva for innovative activities organized under his leadership in Pakistan on 19 November 2003.

  

2004: WWSF Prize Betty Makoni Vienna Award Ceremony
Anciennement Prix Betty Makoni

WWSF representative, Ilse Moser, presented an additional award to the Vienna Network for Prevention of Sexual Abuse against Girls, Boys and Youth - Austria, in the presence of twelve network representatives, the media and members of the Vienna Network for Peace and Non-violence. A panel discussion on the subject of child abuse was organised in the evening and attended mostly by parents. The Austria Press Agency communicated the World Day for Prevention of Child Abuse and the Prize award to the national media.

 

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