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Yayori award

Here’s an award for young female human rights writers, particularly geared towards those in Asia…

Yayori Award

The Yayori Award focuses on women activists, journalists, and artists who work at the grassroots level with socially marginalized peoples in order to create a 21st century free from war and discrimination against women. Younger activists are especially encouraged to apply so that the Yayori Award can support future leaders.

We will select an individual or a group from mainly the Asian region and offer an award certificate and a prize amount of 500,000 yen. In principle, for winners of the Yayori Award from overseas, the Women’s Fund
for Peace and Human Rights will cover only transportation and accommodation expenses to attend the presentation ceremony in Tokyo.

Nomination:
Individuals and groups with nominees in mind are encouraged to submit recommendations for any and all appropriate candidates through the submission of a nomination form and all applicable references. Self-nomination won’t be accepted. The reference material that is submitted will not be returned. The form and the references shall be submitted in English. For convenience, it is recommended that the form and the reference be submitted as an e-mail
attachment.

Nomination form:
An application shall be filled out on the designated form. The form is downloadable here (click the download button) or is available from the Committee for the Yayori Award at info-award@ajwrc.org.

Selection:
The Women’s Fund for Peace and Human Rights will ask the selection committee to run a strict examination and evaluation process of the nominees. In accordance with a report by the committee, the board of the Women’s Fund will decide the winners.

Schedule:
Nomination deadline:
August 31, 2010
Selection announcement:
November 1, 2010
Award presentation ceremony:
December 4, 2010
Note: The Women’s Fund for Peace and Human Rights will be consulting with experts in women’s human rights activities throughout various countries and regions in order to nominate a Yayori Award candidate.

Violence against women in Guatemala

In Guatemala, over 5,000 women and girls have been brutally murdered since the year 2000. They are often tortured and raped before they draw their last breath. Perpetrators are rarely caught. Impunity allows the femicide to continue unabated.

Read Violence against women in Guatemala blogpost, written by members on a human rights delegation sponsored by the Guatemala Human Rights Commission. I went on this delegation in 2007 and am currently on the board.

“Women are not dying because of diseases we can’t treat….. they are dying because societies have not made the decision that their lives are worth saving. “

Dr. Mahmoud Fathalla – Egypt