Rwandan woman Mary Balikungeri has been awarded with the Commonwealth Points of Light Award for her effort to improving welfare and rehabilitation of women.
The UK High Commissioner in Rwanda; Jo Lomas, said in a statement that Barikungeri’s outstanding volunteer work and dedication to helping vulnerable women following the Genocide was immeasurable.
“Her Majesty the Queen is recognising Mary’s devotion to helping over 50 grassroots associations across Rwanda, catering for over 4,000 people. Her efforts have also contributed to the establishment of 20 Women’s Safe Spaces around Rwanda which provide for over 500 women per week, including victims of gender based violence”she said
The British High Commission in Rwanda is proud to present this award for her tireless and noble work,” she added
Talking about the ackonwledgement, Barikungeri said that she was humbled and dedicated the award to the vulnerable women who had trusted her with their stories.
“I therefore dedicate this award to the many women of Rwanda who have trusted me with their vulnerability to help rebuild their lives; funding partners and the ‘Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN)’ staff for working tirelessly to support our vision and transform the lives of women and communities “she told The New Times
“I hope that our work continues to inspire people from different walks of life to make a difference in their respective communities,” she added
Barikungeri is a Rwanda Women’s Network (RWN) Founder and Director, an organization which supports survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, victims and survivors of sexual and gender-based violence and other vulnerable groups, including poor and vulnerable women, children and people living with HIV/AIDS.
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