Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Vinaka Virisila

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From Fiji Times:
Global honour for Fiji activist
Ioane Burese
Thursday, February 02, 2012

FIJI Women's Rights Movement's executive director Virisila Buadromo has been awarded the Women Have Wings inaugural Courage Award. She is one of three women from around the world Rwanda's Aloisea Inyumba and Cameroon's Chi Yvonne Leina, are the others.

Ms Buadromo received the award in recognition of her being an outstanding female human rights activist living in the courageous spirit of Amelia Earhart.

A statement said the endowment for the award was created from the selling of the sister-ship to Amelia Earhart's trusty Lockheed Electra 10-E, the airplane in which she attempted her global flight.

This year is not only the inaugural year for the award but also the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart's global flight! Ms Buadromo was nominated by a current Women have Wings Council adviser Kavita Ramdas. In thanking the council for the award, Ms Buadromo said: "I am honoured to be a recipient of this prestigious award, alongside Rwanda's Aloisea Inyumba and Cameroon's Chi Yvonne Leina.

"I hope to live up to all your expectations!"

With the award comes an honorarium of $10,000 to support FWRM's work in Fiji and a stipend for Ms Buadromo to travel to speak at an event or conference.


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