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America's Gruber Women's Rights Prize awarded to
Nepalese Lawyer, Social Activist & CA Member Sapana Pradhan Malla

New York, July 13, 2008- Three social activists from Nepal, Iraq and Palestine won jointly USD $500,000 (Nepalese rupees 4 crores, 8 lakhs) in cash and 2008 Gruber International Women’s Rights Prize gold medal for advancing gender equality in their respective countries are Sapana Pradhan Malla, Nepal, Yanar Mohammed, Iraq, and Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Palestine.

"The Prize will be awarded in a ceremony this fall celebrating the achievements of the recipients," says The Peter and Patricia Gruber Foundation, a private, United States-based philanthropic organization established in 1993, in its press release dated July 8.

"It will award the 2008 Women’s Rights Prize to three courageous activists who, at great risk to their own safety, have led successful efforts to advance women’s rights in their respective societies."

The Foundation honors and encourages educational excellence, social justice and scientific achievements that better the human condition.

Sapana Pradhan Malla. Photo courtesy: NayaPatrika.Com

The Foundation also awards prizes in Cosmology, Genetics, Neuroscience, Justice and a separate category for Young Scientists Awards.
  It is funded entirely by Peter and Patricia Gruber, who serve as Chairman and President, respectively. The Foundation is headquartered in St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands, and maintains a small branch office in New York City.

-Pratha Magar in New York. Comments? 551-358-7726

Who are these three women? Read the award citations below:

1. "Sapana Pradhan Malla a leader in securing legal reforms protecting the fundamental reproductive and property rights of women in Nepal, is president of the Forum for Women, Law & Development. A practicing lawyer before the Supreme Court of Nepal, she was a driving force behind the passage of legislation to criminalize marital rape and in the drafting of a Gender Equality Amendment Act and a model Human Trafficking Act." (Read full citation)

Yanar Mohammed. Photo courtesy: wnpj.org

2. "Yanar Mohammed – co-founder of Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, has become the focal point for women’s rights activism in Iraq. She is publisher of Al Mousawat, which calls for full equality for women, and has opened women’s shelters and safe houses to protect women threatened by domestic abuse and what have been referred to as honor killings. She teaches women activists how to confront intolerance and regularly advocates equality for women on Iraqi radio and television."  (Read full citation)

3. "Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian – a leading feminist scholar, therapist and activist, has worked to end domestic violence against Palestinian women, particularly what have been referred to as honor killings. A criminologist and specialist in women’s rights, she has lectured around the world on issues of violence against women in the Arab world and elsewhere. Living in Israel, she has trained women activists in the West Bank and Gaza and established a hotline for reporting abuse." (Read full citation)

Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian. Photo courtesy: Law.mscc.huji.ac.il
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