IWTC Women's GlobalNet #292

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 

January 31, 2006

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THE PERDITA HUSTON HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD FOR 2006

PERDITA HUSTON (1936-2001), author and journalist, was committed to giving voice to women in developing countries. She focused her writing on the often-overlooked role of rural women. She recognized their struggle to survive, care for their families, and maintain their individuality in lives swept by change. Through her writing and activism, Perdita demonstrated a life-long commitment to improving the status of women everywhere.

Within hours of her death, the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (Washington, D.C.) decided to establish the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award to celebrate Perdita Huston and to recognize the life and work of others who are outstanding advocates for women's rights in the Third World.

The 2006 Awardee will receive US$10,000

HOW DOES THE NOMINATION PROCESS WORK?

Anyone may nominate an individual whose life and work reflect the vision, compassion and commitment of the life and work of Perdita Huston and whose work continues the advocacy for, and empowerment of women.
Self-nominations are encouraged. The Selection Committee will notify semi-finalists by early March 2005. Not all submissions will receive notice at that time. The Awardee and nine finalists will receive notice in early April, 2005. The ten finalists will receive recognition of their achievements on the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award website. All nominations must be submitted on the nomination form and must include the following information:

1. Nominee's name, address, telephone number, e-mail and place of work.
2. Nominator's name, address, telephone number and e-mail.
3. A description (not to exceed 3 pages) of the life and work of the nominee, the impact of the nominee's activities and the reasons why the nominee should be recognized with the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award.
4. The nomination form with no more than two additional typed, pages supporting the nomination statement. A maximum of two additional supporting items may include press clippings, pamphlets and/or photographs. All nomination materials may be used for publication and will not be returned.

WHEN ARE THE NOMINATION MATERIALS DUE?
Nominations must be received in the Office of the Secretariat of the Perdita Huston Human Rights Award no later than February 22nd, 2005.

Nominations can be sent electronically to

<contact@perditahustonaward.com>, or mailed to:

Perdita Huston Human Rights Award
c/o Mulhauser and Associates
1730 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W., Suite 712 Washington, DC 20036
Fax: (202) 463-0182

For more information, go to:
<http://www.perditahustonaward.com/default.htm>,

THE 2005 PERDITA HUSTON HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD RECIPIENT

Ranjana Gaur, Social Action Research Center (SARC)

“My dream is not just for my nation and my country, but for the whole world. It is that everyone should have equal rights, and humans should not exploit humans.” Ranjana Gaur.

An Outstanding Human and Women's Rights Activist

Challenging the social norms and bringing taboo subjects into the open for discussion and action is dangerous, especially for a young woman.
Challenging the legal system and pursuing legal cases against angry and violent perpetrators is dangerous, especially when you cannot rely on police protection. But Ranjana is not afraid. Gangs of men, organized by those she is challenging, have gathered outside Ranjana's home to throw rocks and try to intimidate her. At several points, she has gone underground for security to continue her work. She will not be deterred.
SARC organizes many community demonstrations to raise awareness and support the individual cases of women who are being abused in their communities.

Ranjana Gaur is one of the few incredibly talented, accomplished individuals in this world who is a presence in every room she enters, just like Perdita Huston. Poised, independent, and determined with strong convictions - she is a woman leading social change, altering society's power structure and making contributions every day that make this world a better place for women and girls. She exemplifies Perdita's vision and commitment to empowering women in the global south to be determining the path of their own futures, and the futures of their daughters.

Read more about Ranjana Gaur at:
<http://www.perditahustonaward.com/awardees/2005_awardee.htm>

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