CAMFED honored with Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation
In a surprise announcement on June 16th, Day of the African Child, CAMFED was honored with the 2021 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, recognizing our work in supporting girls to learn, thrive and lead, with an eagle eye on sustainability, equity and social justice.
The Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation recognizes “individual or collective work, in cooperation with another or others, to develop and promote public health, universal education, the protection and defence of the environment, as well as the economic, cultural and social advancement of peoples.” In making its decision, the jury also took into account CAMFED’s work in environmental sustainability, including through its climate-smart Agriculture Guide program.
The Princess of Asturias Awards have been presented annually since 1981 by H.M. King Felipe of Spain and are considered to be amongst the most important in the global cultural agenda, especially in the Spanish speaking world. Presented in 8 different categories, they are intended to acknowledge exemplary and internationally recognized cultural, scientific and social achievements.
Laureates of the Princess of Asturias Awards include Nelson Mandela, Gloria Steinem, Margaret Atwood, Stephen Hawking, Mary Beard, Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodóvar, Simone Veil, Doris Lessing, and UNICEF, among others.
Read some of the media coverage:
El Pais – Interview with Angeline Murimirwa – CAMFED Executive Director, Africa
EFE – Interview with Lucy Lake – CAMFED Chief Executive Officer
EFE – Interview with Lydia Wilbard – CAMFED National Director, Tanzania
ABC News – CAMFED’s work to achieve social transformation through women’s leadership