A South Sudanese women’s rights activist was named one of three winners of an award given by Amnesty International. The human rights organization said the three women had “protected the dignity, freedom and lives of women and children in crisis areas.”
Riya William Yuyada, executive director of Crown the Women-South Sudan, was honored for her commitment to women’s safety, equality and empowerment.
The name of the annual award, Ginetta Sagan, is named after an Italian-born American human rights (human rights) activist who for years defended women who were unfairly persecuted by oppressive governments. The prize from the award is in the form of a grant fund of $ 20,000.
Other winners were Norma Andrade, a human rights defender in Mexico who is active in helping mothers whose daughters were killed, and Naw K’nyaw Paw, who helps displaced women and girls in Thailand’s refugee camps, Amnesty told FLY.
Yuyada said to South Sudan in Focus that she received the award on behalf of women and girls activists in South Sudan. (ka/lt)