African Women Excel At International Change Awards

Paris, France, October 17, 2013(APO)- Wednesday evening, two projects to effect change for African women and girls received the Women for Change Award, which was created this year for the 9th Women’s Forum Global Meeting by Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum, in partnership with Marie-Claire magazine. The award was created to train the spotlight on women who have effected change and driven growth, and to enable them to develop their humanitarian projects on behalf of women and girls. The projects were presented on the website from 15 September to 15 October 2013 to allow Net users to learn about them and vote for the one they felt was most important. Almost 10,000 votes were recorded, resulting in the selection of Maria Raharinarivonirina’s project (Madagascar). On Wednesday 16 October, during the opening dinner of the Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, attendees were given a presentation of the projects and were able to vote for their favourite one using a live, interactive NFC service (near field communication) set up at each table. Marie Nomo Messina (Cameroon) won the vote. Maria Raharinarivonirina and Marie Nomo Messina each received a grant of 25,000 euros for their projects. The Net users’ award was presented by Christine Albanel, Deputy Chairwoman of Orange Foundation, and Christine Leiritz, Editorial Director of Marie Claire magazine, while the “interactive opening dinner by Orange and the Woman’s Forum” award was presented by Véronique Morali, Chairwoman of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society. Founded in 2005, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society is the world’s leading forum looking at major social and economic issues from women’s perspectives. It promotes the empowerment of women world‐wide, as well as the networks of collaboration that enable women’s voices to be heard with clarity and force. Women’s Forum events, including a major annual international Global Meeting, highlight strong and important women and men in politics, business, civil society and academe. The Global Meeting is also accompanied by The Discovery, a uniquely vibrant content relay that features meetings, discussions, classes and practical workshop Source: African Press Organisation (APO)