IDB Prize Winners

  • 1st Edition (1427H-2006G)
  • 2nd Edition (1428H-2007G)
  • 3rd Edition (1429H-2008G)
  • 4th Edition (1430H-2009G)
  • 5th Edition (1431H-2010G)
  • 6th Edition (1432H-2011G)
  • 7th Edition (1433H-2012G)
  • 8th Edition (1434H-2013G)
  • 9th Edition (1435H -2014G)
  • 10th Edition (1436H-2015G)

Women Entrepreneurs and their Role in Sustainable Development

  • Ms. Nofa Al-Fayez (Jordan)

initiated a small dairy factory, “Hajer Dairy Factory”, producing diary products in Jordan near its border with Saudi Arabia. The factory employs a number of women, and provides additional (sustainable) income to its owner to help her educate her eight children.

  • Ms. Fatimah Al-Jadaa (Palestine)

established a sewing center that provides training and employment to many of the local middle / low-income women in four areas in Palestine where employment opportunities are at a minimum.

Promoting Women’s Access to Education

index2 Individuals: Women Advocates for Rural/Poor Girls Education Mrs. Alwiah Umar Ahmed Al-Osta (Sudan) was given the award for her involvement in educational projects for poor and rural girls in Al-Abyadh City in Southern Sudan. As an activist in education Ms. Alawiah initially operated a school for girls in her private home. With the support of local businessmen and philanthropists she was able to establish a formal educational facility. Included in the educational programs she provides are literacy and Qur’an classes which significantly helps to improve the quality of life of students enabling them to have successful educational endeavors. Mrs. Wafia Bashir Tahir Isa (Sudan) was awarded the prize for her efforts in developing and operating a number of educational projects targeting rural girls and women in areas where educational facilities are scarce or unavailable. As an advocate and activist in reducing the number of illiterate girls and women she provides training, literacy courses as well as promoting health awareness. Ms. Wafia also initiated and operated the Umm Muminoon organization which builds drinking water wells in four villages in an effort to promote girls’ education. By building wells, Ms. Wafia encourages families to send their girls to school immensely contributing to the education of girls. Organizations: The Role of IT Education Programs in Women’s Socioeconomic Development Programs Al-Wafa Women’s Organization (Saudi Arabia) is one of the first organization to provide training in computer languages and networking to women in Saudi Arabia. It was established in 1976 with the aim of educating, provision of childcare and financial support to women. In 1997 it entered an agreement with the Al-Riyadh Computer Center to offer computer training diplomas to women and later developed several addition agreements with computer organizations working in the Kingdom to expand its training courses and the number of beneficiaries from its programs. The organization was also able to develop special computer based educational programs for women and girls with special needs. The various courses and diplomas provided by the program helped women to secure jobs in the private and public sector. Soul for the Development of Women & Children (Yemen), is an NGO established in 1997 by professional Yemeni women in Sana’a with the aim of improving the standard of living for Yemeni women and children through involvement in women in development projects. It focuses on the provision of essential education and IT training for women in order to increase employment opportunities. The organization offers three major projects that are dedicated to IT teaching and training:

  1. Computer training project supported by the Yemeni Development Foundation (YDF), which was started in 2002, is dedicated to computer literacy among women, mostly those between the ages of 15 and 40 and living in rural areas.
  2. Microsoft Unlimited Potential, with the goal of eradicating computer illiteracy and increase job opportunities for women through the use of ICTs, IT, and communication technology.
  3. Yemen Women and Technology programs associated with the San Francisco International Education program that aim to provide Yemeni women with the opportunity of training and education in IT.

Aside from these training sessions, the organization is also engaged in providing career counseling, job placement, CV skills, etc.; with some community outreach programs, youth clubs, and women’s clubs, where mentors talk about and promote technology. The organization is also part of the ‘Progress without borders’ global initiative which seeks to eradicate computer illiteracy through the use of ICTs.

PROMOTING WOMEN’S ROLE IN HEALTH SERVICES

index3 Individuals: Women’s Initiative and Participation for Healthcare Improvement Mrs. Saideh Ghods (Iran) is the founder of Mahak, a society established in 1981 to support children (under the age of 14) suffering from cancer. She established the organization after her 2-year old daughter was diagnosed with cancer. Her organization is engaged in both the provision of medical treatment through the Mahak Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in Darabad, as well as in raising awareness of cancer and the importance of early detection. The organization has supported 11,505 children over the past 17 years, with a survival rate of 70%. In addition, support is also provided to mothers who have children suffering from cancer. As the government of Iran does not cover the costs of cancer treatment for citizens, poor Iranian children suffering from cancer would have no chance at survival were it not for organizations such as Mahak. Medical treatment is not limited to Iranian children, but is also provided to Afghani and Iraqi refugee children. Children receiving cancer treatment through Makah receive continuous support from the organization in case of relapse of cancer after the age of 14, as well as other forms of financial assistance to pursue higher education or get married. Alongside medical treatment, Mahak also provides accommodation for children with cancer and up to two members of their families who are from other areas but are temporarily in Tehran for treatment. Space has been dedicated by Mahak in the Mahak Hospital Center for the Cancer Institute of Iran to establish a research program focusing on cancer in children. All programs are funded through public donation. Mahak is a member of International Confederation of Childhood Cancer Parent Organizations (ICCCPO) and works in close collaboration with the UNHCR, ECOSOC, the Cancer Institute of Iran. The organization has been awarded the Swiss SGS (Societe General de Surveillance) NGO benchmarking award. Mrs. Saideh Ghods is also a founding member of the Breast Cancer Society of Iran, which aims to raise awareness; and is also a cofounder of the International Society to Support Children with Cancer, which is registered and based in the US and aims to raise funds for children suffering from cancer in the Middle East and Asia (Muslim nations in particular). Mrs. Ghods is also author of a best-selling Persian novel on the life of women in seventh century Iran. index4 Mrs. Runa Khan (Bangladesh) is the founder and executive director of Friendship, a nonprofit volunteer organization aimed to improve the health status and socioeconomic condition of the poor people living in the river areas of northern Bangladesh. Part of Friendship’s project initiatives target health, education, and relief and rehabilitation services for disaster victims. In 2001, Friendship launched the first floating hospital ship in Bangladesh. The ship provided mobile health units that would bring primary and secondary health care services to the people of the Nomad Islands situated around the Brahmaputra River. Moving up and down the river banks, the ship, along with an innovative system of boats, carries paramedical, nutritionists, health educators, and health specialists to the islands. Mrs. Runa Khan’s NGO also has “satellite” services which are similar to on-call doctors who can go for emergencies. Her organization is also equipped with several emergency or ambulance boats that can provide services as well as transportation in critical conditions. Eighty percent of patients are women and children. The health program implemented by Mrs. Khan through her organization has provided much needed primary and secondary healthcare services including dental care, eye surgeries, general surgeries, and child immunization, among many other things. The program has served over 271,309 beneficiaries, many of whom live in remote villages in the Nomad Islands, with little access to health care services. In 2006, Mrs. Runa Khan also was also involved in sending relief services to Pakistan’s earthquake victims and is currently involved in setting up a “Friendship Carrefour Hospital” on a mobile bus which will visit four designated areas in Pakistan.

Organizations: Maternal Care Programs Charitable Organization for the Care of Orphans (Saudi Arabia) is an orphanage that seeks to provide holistic and comprehensive care to orphans. In 1427, it launched a program called Creating Relatives for Orphans through Breastfeeding. This program helped to provide the orphan child with familial roots in society to develop a sense of belonging and self-worth thereby improving psychological and social well-being. In addition it allowed orphan children to benefit from the positive health effects associated with breastfeeding. Al-Aafiyah Development & Healthcare Organization (Sudan) was selected as one of the laureates in the organization category for the 2008 IDB Prize for Women’s Contribution to Development. It received the award in recognition of its outstanding contribution in improving the access and quality of maternal and child healthcare services in nine states through programs focused on Maternal and Child Care, Primary Health Care and combating infectious diseases. Through these programs the organization has helped to establish Maternal and Child Health Care Clinics and maternal and child healthcare wards within existing health facilities, increase the number trained midwives to provide healthcare to the community and educate communities on harmful traditional practices as well as healthy nutritional practices which impact the health of women and children thereby contributing to improving their well being.

COMMUNITY SERVICES PROGRAMS FOR WOMEN

index5 Individuals: Women’s Contribution to the Community Services for Women Mrs. Nadia Ahmed Abu Al-Fotouh (Egypt) is an active woman in civil society. She is the founder and chairman of the board of the Women & Development NGO in Damietta, Egypt. In 2004 she started a program that targets blind females varying in ages from 7 – 40 years of age, in Damietta and its surrounding villages. The program established a computer lab which included Braille equipment in an effort to teach the girls how to read and write through the use of the equipment and a trainer. The program helped to develop audio aids making school curriculums available on cassette tapes which encouraged visually impaired girls to seek an education. The program also established an Islamic library which included the Quran and a series of Islamic books in Braille. The girls also learned vocation skills such as sewing, embroidery and cushion making. They were provided with the needed tools and additional support to create these items which enabled them to create an income for themselves. The program also provided the girls with essential psychosocial support to help raise their self-esteem. Through the program activities solidarity was raised within the community on the importance of sponsoring the girls especially the ones who were orphans or very poor. This awareness helped to generate a monthly salary for the very poor and orphaned girls. Later Mrs. Fotouh helped to open savings account for each of the girls to help support them as the need arises. Ms. Al- Fotouh also helped girls who participated in the program to graduate from the formal education system and find employment as teachers and even assistant teachers in Al-Azhar. Her numerous efforts have helps blind women to become productive members of society.

PROMOTING THE DEVELOPMENT OF YOUNG WOMEN

index6 Individuals: Young Women’s Development Mrs. Fatima Ma Zhiying (China) is an ordinary Muslim women living in the Haiyuan County of Ningxia Province, a place that is often affected by disasters like droughts and usually struggles with poverty. She has managed for over 17 years – through hard work – to support young Muslim women in their struggle to get educated. In an area like this, where Ms. Ma lives, girls are usually victims when it comes to competing with boys. They often come second after their brothers and, hence, if a family hopes to educate one of their offspring, it is usually the boy. Ms. Ma Zhiying is herself a victim of this, as her family married her young although she yearned to continue her education. Thus, she always had this dream of helping young women to have better access to education. In 1997, a small incident set her on the road of supporting young women as she met a very sad girl, Yang Guizhan, who was lingering around a school and, when Ma Zhiying asked her, she learned that the girl had received permission to enroll in the school but her very poor family could not afford to pay her tuition fees or accommodation. This incident triggered Ms. Ma’s will to support these girls. With the help of her husband, she opened her heart and door to girls from the surrounding mountainous region who wished to go to school. The girls lived with Ma’s family in their small house. In 1997, the family grew from having 3 girls to 7 girls. By 2009, the number had become 256 – all benefitting from the “Girl Students’ Home” Ms. Ma had established to help these young seekers of knowledge. The support of Ms. Ma to girls has had a tremendous social impact on them as they developed as educated beings. They all graduated from their secondary schools and more than 130 of them entered colleges or universities. This social development will in turn affect them financially as they are expected to have better jobs and a better quality life. Ms. Ma has provided accommodation free of charge to the girls as well as some partial support for their food, their tuition fees as well as medical services. Hence, she has contributed to alleviating poverty for these girls and she did all this from her own small budget, with the help of her husband, who is also a great supporter of these girls. Up till now, Ms. Ma has reached 265 girls and continues to accommodate around 82 students every year to continue their education. Although the project she has initiated exists in one area, she continues to receive girls from different areas around the country. Due to the quality care that she continues to provide she has been awarded the “Top 10 Outstanding Mothers in China” as well as being part of “100 Women for Peace”. Mrs. Zahra Idali (Morocco) lives in a Moroccan Berber village called Tahanaout, 32 km from Marrakesh. In 1999 she began the Afoulki pour Femme association. It all began when girl and women neighbors began coming to ask Zahra’s advice on various matters, including health and education. Zahra was fortunate to be educated and had worked in an architect’s office. Some of the women asked Zahra to teach them to read. Beginning with a class of 15 pupils – after permission was obtained from the Education Ministry to use a classroom – Zahra had 69 women enrolled two weeks later ! Other villagers made fun of these women (what would they want to learn to read for?’) and so they hid their schoolbooks under their jellabahs. Inspired by the tenacity of these isolated village women, Zahra learned by herself what the legal requirements were for setting up an association and two months later established her association at the age of 24. Afoulki works in poor, rural areas of Morocco to bring dignity and some autonomy to women there. The name Afoulki comes from Tamazight, a Berber language, and means “well-being”. It began as a development association that organized adult women’s literacy programs. It then began to offer health awareness (STIs, family planning), later adding crafts, animal husbandry, bee-keeping, simple construction projects, and so on. Many of the ideas come from the young women themselves, and Ms Zahra Idali serves as their voice to implement their initiatives. Afoulki has helped over 5,000 learn to read, establish about 100 micro-businesses and set-up an organic products business and inn. Most important to Afoulki is changing people’s mindsets, showing them progress and autonomy are possible. Her latest project is a hostel for young female students helping those who are already literate not to drop out of higher education – for the ultimate benefit of their community as well as themselves.. “Girls from rural areas have the right to go to university too!” she thunders. “Our pilot Centre in Marrakesh has now inspired other regions Less than three years from now, 100 or so university graduates will come home to their villages and start their own development initiatives.”

Organizations: Female Youth Development index7 Haikul Organization (Sierra Leone), was established in 2001 with the aim of providing “orphans and underprivileged women and girls with opportunities, in an enabling environment, particularly the girl child, to have access to quality education based on sound principles that will empower them to be good citizens while contributing to the development of their country and humanity at large”. The target groups of the organization include young women and children, especially vulnerable groups devastated and traumatized by the war, such as war widows, single-parent mothers, teenage girls, and girl mothers, unskilled youth, and underprivileged young girls and orphans. The organization is active in a number of areas. These include education, child protection, income generation and capacity building through technical and vocational training. It established the Haikal Academy providing girls and young women quality education (nursery up to secondary education as well as vocational and adult education to those between 18 to 35 years old). Child protection projects implemented by the organization help to identify, document, trace and reunited families and help in the re-integration of orphans and vulnerable children. The projects also help to provide care arrangements such as offering foster care, group homes, monitoring children by caregivers for separated children, street children, etc… The income generating projects help young rural women to have a piece of land and train them to cultivate it to gain income from selling the harvest. The Capacity Building project is meant to equip adult women and youth with basic technical and vocational skills like tailoring, garment tie-dying, weaving, hairdressing, soap-making, arts and crafts, clothing and textile development, and metal work development. PARASTOR (Tajikistan) is an NGO actively participating in improving women’s access to education, health, and economic resources, to help them become active participants and contribute to the the development of their families, communities, and society in general. Founded in 1996, the organization has made significant changes in the lives of numerous needy women and their families over the years. The major aim of the organization is to alleviate poverty among rural poor women by empowering them through providing basic technical (training) skills in sewing, embroidery, cookery, bakery, cattle breeding, etc., After completing the training, Parastor provides women with mini credits to start their own small businesses and assists them in marketing/selling their products by making ‘agreements’ and contracts with the Craftsman Association, and other businessmen/ shopkeepers in cities. Many beneficiaries have been able to educate their children from the income earned through the support of the organization. Muslim Educational Society (Bahrain), was awarded the Prize for its Young Females Club. This program was officially inaugurated in 2007 with the aim of producing a generation of young women between the ages of 15-26 that are confident, responsible, ambitious and ready to lead. The club adopts an educational yet entertaining approach to achieve its goals. The club offers a number of activities (educational and entertaining) to young females. The services include: awareness programs in the form of lectures, talks, workshops, and various materials on a variety of topics such as health, environment, social intelligence, leadership, communication and relationships, etc.; educational and entertaining trips; celebrations of national and religious occasions; and professional training courses that aim to empower young females. The workshops and courses that the club provides emphasize the importance of being armed with the necessary tools and skills, not only to be a successful leader, but also to be able to compete in the professional market and to be able to lead a financially stable life.

PROMOTING WOMEN IN SCIENCE

index8 Individuals: Women in Science Mrs. Seydou Ramatou Boubacar (Niger), is a Research Scientist/Chemical Engineer who holds an advanced Graduate Degree in Biotechnology and Food Sciences. She is currently a research scientist at the Food Laboratory of the National Institute of Agronomic Research of Niger (INRAN). Her research work focuses on improving the quality and development of new products of local based cereals and cowpea foods. She also supervises and trains students and food processors/entrepreneurs in food processing; food safety and hygiene (BPH, BPF) and is a founding member of the National Women Scientists and Technologists Network (RFST / N) of Niger. Mrs. Boubacar has helped to revolutionize the processing and consumption of cowpeas in Niger. She has developed new technologies that include a) quality improvement of weaning foods made from cereals and legumes; b) formulation of composite flour for making biscuits and cakes; c) technology for producing cowpea flour used for making fried cake/cookies ; d) non-flatulent cowpea flour ( an innovative technology developed to reduce flatulent gases produced during the non-digestion of oligosaccharides). Her contribution to improving the processing of cowpea flour has earned her several awards. She has also trained women in her community on this processing technique which has enabled them to produce a variety of foodstuffs from the new, improved cowpea flour and sell their products at market thereby helping them to establish small income generating activities. Mrs. Boubacar was awarded the prize for her inspirational work in revolutionizing the processing and consumption of cowpeas in her area thus greatly contributing to uplifting efforts for achieving food safety and improving rural women’s economic productivity in the Republic of Niger. She will use the award to strengthen/build the capacity of her laboratory, the Women Scientists and Technologists Network, and towards her doctoral thesis and will continue to work toward improving, developing and promoting new and diversified local based foods in order to contribute to food security, nutrition and market expansion of generated technologies index9 Dr. Zoubida Charrouf is a professor in chemistry at Mohammed V University. She has made outstanding efforts in her field of research and to the people of Morocco. She has devoted 25 years of research to the chemistry of the argan tree. The argan tree is an endemic tree well-known for its nutritious and medicinal applications and valuable resource for wood, fuel, food for livestock and oil for cooking and traditional medicines. It plays an important socio-economic and environmental role in Sothern Morocco. Despite this importance, the argan forest is on decline in terms of both density and surface area. Convinced that the best way to preserve the resource, was through the valorization of its products Prof. Charrouf was established a program focused on fundamental and applied research to valorize argan products and argan oil. The programs research includes all of the metabolites of the biomass, the development of the extraction of the oil, its shelf live, pharmacological studies and evaluation of the properties of each active ingredient for specific applications and allows local community (especially women) to benefit both financially and socially from these discoveries. Parallel to this scientific research she has helped to disseminate the discoveries by setting up a chain organization of argan oil cooperatives composed entirely of women. The Faculty of Rabat and the Ibn Al Baytar Association created the first cooperative for the production of argan oil in 1996. Currently there are more than 170 cooperatives involving the participation of more than 4,500 women. index10 Prof. Charrouf received the award for her outstanding efforts, exceptional expertise and scientific research in developing an innovative and environmentally friendly method of processing and producing Argan oil as well as her efforts in improving the economic status of rural women by increasing their ability to efficiently produce this kind of herbal oil (well-known for its nutritious and medicinal applications) and improve their livelihoods.

Organizations: Women in Scientific Innovation Yayasan Kimia Universitas Syiah Kuala (Chemistry Foundation of Syiah Kuala University) was established since 2007 to help develop the communities Banda Aceh by developing innovative technology to help them utilize the resources available within the province to assist them in generating income. Approximately 87% of the organization employees are women. The Foundation, founded by three outstanding women, have played an important role in helping the communities in Aceh to improve their socio-economic status by providing them with sustainable solutions as well as education and training on how to use innovative technology in their daily lives. This organization has helped the community in Aceh of Indonesia to increase their income by developing innovative technology in fisheries and training local fisherman on how to apply these modern scientific methods in developing, treating and packaging fish. The Foundation helped local fisherman to apply low-cost scientific technology to produce fish products, soya bean production, and water purification. Through these activities the Foundation has helped to increase the income of local farmers particularly women by helping them to increase their productivity by applying marine natural resources and providing them with the know-how of proper preservation. The Chemistry Foundation of Syiah Kuala University in Indonesia was selected as the recipient for the Organization Category and will receive a cash award of US$100,000. The Foundation, founded by three outstanding women, have played an important role in helping the communities in Aceh to improve their socio-economic status by providing them with sustainable solutions as well as education and training on how to use innovative technology in their daily lives.

PROMOTING WOMEN’S ROLE IN FINANCE AND ECONOMY

index12 Individuals: Women’s Application of Finance for Development Mrs. Selima Ahmad, is the President and founder of the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BWCCI). She is an activist who promotes democracy, gender equality, anticorruption and women entrepreneurship. Her work is recognized not only in Bangladesh but also in the global arena. After obtaining a Bachelor (Hons.) and Masters in Management from Dhaka University, ‎she worked extensively in the private sector becoming a successful business woman and ‎industrial entrepreneur. She has held various top management positions in the areas of Finance ‎and Human Resources in a number of private companies, such as Nitol Motors Ltd, Nitol Cement ‎Industries Ltd, Capital Services Lts, Central Properties Ltd, Fidelity Assets & Securities Co. Ltd. ‎Through her longstanding experiences in the private sector Mrs. Ahmad took the initiative to ‎form a Chamber of commerce devoted exclusively to facilitating the advancement of women ‎entrepreneurs. Drawing on her business experience and involvement with several trade ‎organizations, she mobilized women entrepreneurs, the government and development partners to ‎establish the BWCCI. Under the dynamic leadership of Mrs. Ahmad she has helped many ‎women to engage in business activities. Her efforts have helped to develop 3000 women ‎entrepreneurs by planning, designing and facilitating different programs. She supports these ‎initiatives by providing training, business counseling, credit linkages, acting as guarantor, and ‎lobbying government and policymakers on behalf of business Women across Bangladesh. Her ‎dynamic advocacy for access to credit for women entrepreneurs has created a separate allocation ‎of fund by the central bank with low rate of interest and without collateral for women ‎entrepreneurs in Bangladesh. Currently, Mrs. Ahmad is serving as the Vice Chair of the Nitol-‎Niloy Group a prime conglomerate in Bangladesh Mrs. Ahmad received the award for her leadership quality and outstanding ability to utilize ‎financial networks to help women engage in business activities.

index13 Mrs. Seyedah Moghimi, is the founder and Managing Director, of “Sadidbar” an international ‎shipping transportation company in Iran. She has a Civil Engineering degree from Iran. In 1984 ‎she started her first company “Tizranan” becoming the first female manager of a transportation ‎company Through hard work and dedication Mrs. Moghimi and her husband were able to grow the ‎business from a one room office to a company with a central office and several branches.‎ Mrs. Moghimi is not only a symbol in the transportation business but her influence as an entrepreneur has extended to many academic and business sectors of society. She transfers her professional experience and leadership skills to help other women pursue entrepreneurial activities. She regularly offers lectures and seminars at the local Universities and Colleges on subjects such as business management, entrepreneurship, commerce, transportation to name a few. She has helped to inspire 120 women to enter the transportation sector as business owners and managers. She was elected the chairwomen of the Tehran Chamber of Commerce whose membership has grown from 1600 to 2700 during the 3 years of her leadership. She also serves as the Vice Chairman of customs & transport commissions of the Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Mines (ICCIM) and Tehran Chamber of Commerce Industry and Mines (TCCIM) and the ICCIM delegate to the Eco Transportation Committee. Mrs. Moghimi was awarded the prize for pioneering women entrepreneurial activities in the ‎transport sector and supporting the national, as well as, regional economic development of Iran ‎and neighboring countries. ‎ The cash award of US$100,000 for the Organization Category dedicated to the topic ‎‎“The Contribution of Institutions in Women’s Financial Empowerment” is granted to Zenab for ‎Women’s Development a non-governmental organization in Sudan.

Organizations: The Contribution of Institutions in Women’s Financial Empowerment index14 Zenab for Women Development (ZWD) is a Sudanese grass roots non governmental organization founded in 2000. The organization focuses on activities which empower women and girls, through education and advocating for women social, economic and political rights. The organization was named after a pioneer woman educator (Mrs. Zenab Mohamad Nour Rahama) who dedicated herself for girls education. The strategic goal of ZWD is to improve and facilitate the livelihood of women and children, to advocate for their full human rights and to contribute towards sustainable development especially in rural areas. The organization engages in various activities to improve the livelihood of e rural poor. ZWD has helped to reduce the barriers of girls having access to education by building and managing girls schools villages which have a high drop out rate for girls. It has conducted several water and sanitation projects in local communities which specifically focus on improving the sanitation and water supplies in schools. The organization conducts outreach activities educating communities on important health issues such as Reproductive health, maternal health, child health, HIV/AIDS, and FGM. ZWD also provides extensive support to women farmers who are usually the head of households. The organization helped to organize women farmers into associations leading to the establishment of the Women Farmers Union. Additional support is provided to these women through the provision of agriculture inputs such as seeds and tools. The organization also helps women farmers get access to credit to improve their agriculture operations. ZWD has established a very good system of microfinance for the women farmers, which includes a revolving fund and others. Through these activities the organization has been able to help almost 3000 women farmers in 53 communities to have access to financial services. Zenab for Women’s Development was selected as the recipient for the Organization Category for its efforts to help empower women farmers in Sudan to engage in better agriculture practices and gain access to financial resources.

Individuals:

  • Mrs. Seidaliyeva Balkhiya Amzeevna, Kazakhstan
  • Mrs. Tri Mumpuni, Indonesia
  • Mrs. Pervin Shamkal Mammadova, Azerbaijan

Organizations:

  • Heritage Foundation, Pakistan

Women’s Contribution to Food Security

Individuals:

  • Mrs. Selina Jahan (Bangladesh) Mrs. Fatima Ayat Mosa (Morocco)

Organizations:

  • Association des Femmes de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (AFAO) (Senegal)
  • Bright Generation Community Foundation (Ghana)

Individuals:

  • Prof. Laila Mandi, Morocco.

Organizations:

  • The African Agency For Integrated Development (AAID), Uganda.
  • Ajuda de Desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo (ADPP), Guiné-Bissau.
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