The 50/50 group has won the Madeline K. Albright grant of $25,000. The Madeline K. Albright grant annually honors an organization which exhibits exceptional promise in creating a greater role for women in political and civic life.
The recipient is selected from a competitive pool of applicants who submit proposals to be implemented using the grant money.
The National Democratic Institute (NDI) created the Albright Grant in 2005 to demonstrate the institute’s sustained commitment to promoting the equitable participation of women in politics and government.
Announcing the award yesterday to the press at NDI office Rawdon street, former 50/50 President Dr Nemata Eshun Baiden said they were overwhelmed to be nominated by NDI and to subsequently be the lucky winner. She said the award demonstrated their hard work and zeal to continue women campaigns.
The 50/50 President Harriet Turay spoke of more steam for women participation in the 2008 local council elections as the award will enable the group to arrive at a positive conclusion.
The NDI country director, Nick Demeter said the award was very competitive for the 50/50 group as they competed with over 60 applicants. He however stated that winning the award strengthens the group’s proposals.
He said there was always that strength with women to compete for their rights and participation in National Development.
Applications for the award are reviewed by a selection committee based on the strength of their proposals to further women’s political participation and the winner is honored at the Madeleine K. Albright luncheon in Washington, D.C.
Past recipients include the women’s political caucus of Indonesia and the monster women citizens’ initiative of Bosnia Herzegovinia