The President of International Centre for Women Empowerment and Child Development (ICWECD), Ms Bridget Anyafulu, was on Wednesday night honoured by the Empowerment of African Women (EOAW) in Tampere in Finland.
Anyafulu runs her Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) in Asaba, the capital city of Delta, Nigeria.
The other two Africans among the nine persons who were honoured by EOAW, organisers of the conference, were Saido Mohamed from Somalia, who has been working with the Finis League for Human Rights as an adviser on issues relating to women and girls and a Senegalese, Ismaila Sane.
A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the award was given to the recipients at the award/gala night organised by the EOAW as part of the ongoing International Women Conference in Finland.
According to the citation, Anyafulu was honoured for her humanitarian services in addressing the issue of poverty through women empowerment and skills acquisition at the grassroots level.
With her NGO, ICWECD, which was established in 2004, for the promotion of women empowerment and supporting the development of children and the underprivileged persons in the society, Anyafulu had been in the frontline of advocating for gender equality, child right, social and environmental justice,
Ismaila Sane, a traditional musician from Senegal and his wife, who is a Finish were honoured for their cultural achievements in Finland.
Sane told NAN that he started his musical career as far back in 1974, but migrated to Finland in 2000.
‘’I have my own band and we play African music and the Finish love our African music,’’ he said.
The other awardees include a former Minister of State of Finland and Elisabeth Rehn, Head co-ordinator of Immigrant issues in Tampere city, Narja Nyrhinen.
Earlier in her speech, the Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment of African Women, Deborah Mupapa, commended the government of Finland for giving her the opportunity to impact on the lives of people.
Mupapa also commended the people of Finland for supporting and working with her organisation and expressed her gratitude to the Finish government as well as the people of Finland.
The five-day international conference, which is focusing on the plight of women globally will end on Friday.
More than 400 delegates, drawn from Africa, Asia and Europe are attending the conference.