IWTC Women's GlobalNet #330
Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide


December 18 2007
Natalie Raaber


1. 2008 Freedom AwardS

2.  Women's Leadership Scholarship


4. Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights


1. 2008 freedom awards: deadline december 31, 2007

The Freedom Awards celebrate the vision and courage of community-based organizations, survivors of slavery, individual leaders and young adult anti-slavery activists.  Open to organizations and individuals who are working to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery, these awards will be presented in four categories, ranging from leadership and community-based awards to awards presented to survivors of slavery.  Each award has its own requirements and nomination form.  Awards range from $10,000-$35,000.  Free the Slaves is accepting nominations until Monday, December 31, 2007.

To get more information and download the correct form, visit the awards’ webpage at: http://www.freetheslaves.net/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=420&srcid=183

Or email Free the Slaves at: freedomawards@freetheslaves.net


2. Women's Leadership Scholarship: DEADLINE March 14, 2008
The Women's Leadership Scholarship program creates educational opportunities for women activists, grassroots leaders and organizers from the Global South and/or from
indigenous groups.  This scholarship supports study, research and leadership training to assist women in their pursuit of solutions to the critical social, environmental, health and economic problems facing their countries and communities.

The selection committee awards four to eight scholarships a year and recipients may enroll in programs of study at accredited institutions worldwide that cover a range of human rights and development issues at the non-doctoral graduate level including gender, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, child exploitation, human trafficking, infant and maternal mortality, conflict resolution, environmental justice, global fair trade, agro-ecology and sustainable development.  Scholarship recipients are awarded $25,000 per academic year for a maximum of two years, helping recipients meet the costs of tuition, fees, books, educational supplies, housing, maintenance and travel to and from the home country and the educational institution. 

Eligible candidates include women leaders from the Global South and/or from
indigenous groups who also meet the following criteria:
- Commitment to grassroots organizing and the needs of their communities
- Proof of a bachelor's degree or equivalent or a higher degree
- Three years
work experience dealing with critical human rights concerns or other social, educational or health conditions negatively affecting their communities
- Acceptance into a non-doctoral graduate program at an accredited university for full-time study/research related to their
work experience in human rights, sustainable development and/or public health
- Evidence of financial need for educational support
- Intention to return to their home countries to
work, utilizing training and research   acquired in the study program

Pre-applications for the 2008-2009 academic year will be available from January 1, 2008 through March 14, 2008 on the WLS website or by request from info@nativeleaders.org. 

Visit the Women’s Leadership Scholarship website to learn more and apply: http://www.nativeleaders.org/how.html

Those involved in human rights work throughout the world are encouraged to nominate individuals or organizations who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to international human rights advocacy for the 2008 Roger N. Baldwin Medal of Liberty Award.  The award will be presented in May 2008 in the amount of $25,000.  Nominations are due no later than January 31, 2008. Women are particularly encouraged to apply.

Some criteria to consider and include when nominating an organization or individual:

- Whether the nominee’s work is unique or particularly distinctive

- Whether the nominee’s work has been effective in advancing human rights internationally

- Whether the nominee faces any risk or insecurity as a result of his/her work

- Whether the nominee would benefit significantly from receiving the Baldwin Award, either financially or as a result of publicity, in the form of enhanced protection, or in any other way


For more information and a nomination form, please visit:



4. Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights: DEADLINE Tuesday, January 15, 2008

In order to highlight the vital link between health and human rights, the Jonathan Mann Award for Global Health and Human Rights was established in 1999 by the Global Health Council.  The award is presented annually to a leading practitioner in health and human rights and comes with a substantial financial reward to allow its recipients a measure of freedom to pursue their work in the important area of global health and human rights.


The following criteria will be considered and evaluated in reviewing the nominees:

- Practical work in the field and in difficult circumstances

- Actual relevance to the linkage of health with human rights

- Predominant activities in developing countries and with marginalized people

- Evidence of serious and long-term commitment and potential for the award to   strengthen nominees work

-Funding will enhance visibility and public awareness of issue or project the person/organization is addressing

- Potential for attracting additional resources to the resolution of the issue


The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, January 15, 2008. 


Please go online to submit your nomination(s) at: http://www.globalhealth.org/conference/view_top.php3?id=758


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