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WWSF -  Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF - Women's World Summit Foundation

WWSF is an international, not-for-profit, humanitarian NGO network serving the advancement of women and children's rights, development and peace via its annual conferences, Calls to Action, campaigns, world days and prizes.

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Organisationel Membership
Individual Membership

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2019 - Call For Nominations - Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

2019 - Call For Nominations - Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life

Dear Partners and Friends,
The Women’s World Summit Foundation (WWSF) cordially invites you to submit nominations for its 27th annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, honoring and awarding creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the world working to improve the quality of life and empower rural communities.

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Bi-Annual Rural Women Movements Award

Bi-Annual Rural Women Movements Award

This Prize is given to powerful women's groups and coalitions to empower them in claiming their right to land and rural development. Prize US$ 10'000. In 2017 the award went to Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) in India.

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Creating Circles of Compassion

Creating Circles of Compassion

To help implement the Sustainable Development Goal Target 16.2 – Agenda 2030
“Every 5 Minutes a child dies as a result of violence”.
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    2019 - Youth Engage – Ruban Blanc

    2019 - Youth Engage – Ruban Blanc

    La jeunesse suisse veut créer le changement pour une Suisse sans violence de genre envers les femmes et les jeunes en déclarant leurs droits et leurs devoirs par leur Déclaration YouthEngage - Ruban Blanc en ligne

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    Elly PRADERVAND, Switzerland

    Elly PRADERVAND, Switzerland

    Elly Pradervand is a Swiss citizen of German origin, mother of two and grandmother of four. She has been active for the past 30 years in the field of public education for development and advocacy for women’s and children’s rights. In 1991, Elly founded the Women’s World Summit Foundation (a humanitarian, international, not-for-profit organization with United Nations consultative status ECOSOC, UNFPA, DPI), serving the implementation of women’s and children’s rights around the world. The aim of WWSF is to promote, advocate for and help realize urgent development objectives promised by the world community at numerous UN summits and conferences, and to empower women, children and youth in claiming their right to development, dignity and peace. Elly created and directs the annual WWSF Prize for women's creativity in rural live (432 Laureates awarded since 1994) and three annual mobilization campaigns to increase knowledge and empowerment. Elly co-created in 1995 the World Rural Women’s Day–15 October, and launched in 2000 the World Day for prevention of child abuse - 19 November. In 2017, Elly created the “Prize for Rural Women Movements with 1 organization awarded to-date. Elly is the main UN representative at the UN in Geneva and in New York.

    Gulzar SAMJI, P. Ag., Canada

    Gulzar SAMJI, P. Ag., Canada

    Vice-President WWSF; Founder and Director of the Canadian Institute for Community Development and the Environment; former member of the Canadian Tribunal for Human Rights; consultant and educator. North Vancouver, B.C.

    Jyoti Macwan, India

    Jyoti Macwan, India

    WWSF Board Member; Elected General Secretary of SEWA with 12 lakhs women in 9 states, making it the single largest union of informal sector workers in India. SEWA is a trade union registered in 1972 of poor, self-employed women workers. These are women who earn a living through their own labour or small businesses. They do not obtain regular salaried employment with welfare benefits like workers in the organized sector. They are the unprotected labour force of our country. Constituting 93% of the labour force, these are workers of the unorganized sector. Their work is not counted and hence remains invisible. Jyoti is Vice President of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-GENEVA); is a member of the Executive Committee of International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Worker's Association (IUF) and Member of the Executive Bureau - International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-ASIA/PACIFIC). Jyoti received the Vyavsaylakshi Mahila puraskar (Award for promoting Women's employment); the Special Leadership Award given by Gujarati Catholic Samaj.

    Anne Pélagie YOTCHOUT, Cameroon

    Anne Pélagie YOTCHOUT, Cameroon

    Founder & Coordinator of CEFAP/LADIES CIRCLE, a national network of women leading social and economic change in Cameroon. Anne Pélagie is a Social Entrepreneur, an expert on Gender Issues, women's empowerment and transitional Justice. She is a Women’s rights defender and an activist for equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all.