Min. Ally recognised for ‘sterling advocacy’ of Women’s Rights

DPI, GUYANA, Sunday, April 1, 2018

Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, on Saturday evening, was awarded with the International Leadership Award for her dedication and sterling advocacy for Women’s Rights and Human Rights.

Some of the awards that were presented.

The Award Gala, held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel, Kingston Street, was hosted by the United Bridge Builders Mission Incorporated (UBBM).

In brief remarks, Minister Ally expressed her gratitude towards the organisation and noted that the award has served to encourage her to continue to “do right by the members of the public, in particular women.” She said the award is a significant honour, especially in view of the fact that the organisation is involved in the fight for women’s rights as well as the eradication of hunger and poverty.

Minister Ally assured that the ministry will continue to work assiduously to establish gender equality across Guyana. She added this will only be accomplished through collaboration and called for further partnering of organisations and the Ministry of Social Protection to achieve this goal.

The organisation also unveiled “Project Save Life” in honour of the three notable persons who have since passed on; Commissioner of Police, Laurie L. Lewis DSM, Major of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Winston George, and a popular fruit vendor, Eusebia Boyle.

Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally conversing with other guests at the Award Gala.

Earlier this month, Minister Ally represented the CARICOM region at the United Nations, Sixty-second Session of the Commission on the Status of Women.  In her address, the minister highlighted the progress and gaps as it relates to Gender Equality in the Region, as well as the emerging issues that affect the empowerment of women especially the value of literacy and education.

The UBBM under its motto, “Dedicated to serving with dignity and respect”, is a 501 C3 Tax Exempt Non- For-Profit Organisation registered in Greater New York and Guyana, with a mission statement to minimize hunger, poverty, the spread of HIV/AIDS, with a focus on the prevention of discrimination and violence against women and youths.

The UBBM is also partnering with the U.S based Non-Profit Organisation Guyana Action Committee to build a resource centre for abused women and children in Guyana by 2019. The facility will provide empowerment training sessions for the women, so as to equip them with the necessary tools to make a better life for themselves and their children.

A section of the audience.

 

By: Neola Damon

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