331 Women changing the world
Laureates who received the
for Women’s creativity in rural life©
Objective of the Exposition
Increased visibility and support for women
social entrepreneurs and their work to end
poverty. The Exposition will travel to different
places in Switzerland and abroad.
About the Prize for rural women
Giving credit where it’s due!
Created in 1994, the Prize for women’s
creativity in rural life awards women and
women’s groups around the world who
exhibit exceptional creativity, courage
and commitment in improving the quality
of life in rural communities.
Awarded annually, the Prize draws
international attention to the laureates’
contributions to sustainable development,
household food security and peace.
It also increases support for their work.
The award money consists of US$ 500 per
Laureate and US$ 3000.- for certain
women’s organizations in Africa.
The Prize is a gesture of solidarity.
All laureates and guidelines for nomination
of candidates are published on Internet.
Thanks to the support received over the past
12 years, WWSF could award 331 Laureates
to-date with a total of US$ 280'000.-
Principle sponsors of the Prize
Swiss Development and Cooperation SDC
Republic and Canton of Geneva
Ville de Genève
The World Bank
Société Borel & Barbey
Aéroport International de Genève AIG
New Field Foundation
WWSF is dedicated to serve with its annual global campaigns and
prize awards the implementation of women’s and children’s
rights. WWSF provides international visibility and
recognition for rural women’s development projects
and innovative child abuse prevention programs.
Women’s Section Programs
Prize for women’s creativity in rural life
World Rural Women’s Day – 15 October
Mali Sheep Project – Make Gifts differently
World Day for Circles of compassion – 2 November
and circle training workshops
Children’s Section Programs
World Day for prevention of child abuse
– 19 November
Prize for prevention of child abuse
Sticker campaign for prevention of abuse
WWSF Board of Directors
Wu Qing (China) ; Gulzar Samji, P.Ag. (Canada)
Elly Pradervand (Switzerland & Germany)
Filomina Chioma Steady (Sierra Leone & USA)
Bunny McBride (USA) ; Reema Nanavaty (Sewa-India)
Exposition coordination committee
Elly Pradervand, Laure and Mathias Maitrejean,
Catherine Wagner, Valérie Moynat, Andrew Myers.