CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2006 AIUSA GINETTA SAGAN FUND AWARD

You may be in a position to throw a name or two into the mix, so I'm posting this from Cheryl Mendez: Amnesty International is seeking nominations for the 2006 Annual Award for the Human Rights of Women and Children, an award that recognizes and assists "women who are working to protect the liberty and lives of women and children in areas where human rights violations are widespread."

Dear Colleagues: The Ginetta Sagan Fund of AIUSA is now accepting nominations for its 2006 Annual Award for the Human Rights of Women and Children.  Here is your opportunity to honor women who have made a difference in the lives of women and / or children. Previous winners include women originally from Afghanistan, Bhutan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Pakistan, Peru, Rwanda, Turkey, Somalia, and Uganda. The Ginetta Sagan Fund is named after the late Ginetta Sagan, Honorary Chairperson of the Board of AIUSA.  She worked on Amnesty’s behalf for more than 34 years.  Among her numerous awards was the 1996 Presidential Medal of Freedom.  In perpetuating her human rights legacy, the Ginetta Sagan Fund is one of AIUSA’s permanently endowed funds.  It recognizes and assists women who work to protect the lives and liberties of women and of children in regions of crises. The selection of our past winners is a poignant reminder of Ginetta Sagan’s own courage in her native Italy during World War II when she was imprisoned for her role in the resistance movement. The Award is given annually in recognition of individual accomplishment, but also in the belief that it will serve as a beacon of hope to women everywhere who are fighting for human rights. It is given to women who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, often in the face of personal danger, to help women and children who are victims of violence.  The purpose of each award is to bring increased international scrutiny to a crisis region/issue for which the recipient works, to enhance the recipient’s ability to live and work freely, and to continue, expand and improve her work.  To this end, a $10,000 grant is given to each award recipient. The 2006 Award will be given to a woman who works on behalf of the human rights of women who meets the following criteria: ∑ Demonstrates courage, integrity and commitment to human rights principles, and ∑ Resides in, or is indigenous to, the crisis region. Your nomination must include: 1) The nominee’s name, organization, title, and contact information 2) Your name, relationship to the nominee, and contact information 3) Information highlighting the individual’s qualifications, including any significant obstacles which she has overcome, and the circumstances under which she does the work for which she is being nominated. Nominations must be received by December 19, 2005.  Please send them to the GSF Award Committee, c/o AIUSA Western Regional Office, 350 Sansome Street, #630, San Francisco, CA 94104, tel. (415) 291-9233, fax (415) 291-8722, or e-mail gsf@aiusa.org. For more information about the Ginetta Sagan Fund and past Award winners, visit www.amnestyusa.org/sagan. The Award will be presented at the AIUSA Annual General Meeting in April 2006 in Portland, Oregon.

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