Jazmin Dervish, East Barnet, London – Jazmin manages a program that addresses anti-social behavior and crime among youth populations, including gang mediations. She draws on her years of experience in dance and drama to develop creative interventions, including a crime board game and graffiti arts and has sacrificed further education and a 9-to-5 work environment to help kids on the street.
A. B., Austria- (Name withheld for her the safety of her continued work). A liberal multicultural feminist and licensed psychological counselor originating from Tanzania East Africa, A.B. supports grassroots multi-faith women’s projects for nonviolence against displaced and sexually violated disabled women and girls from her homeland. She helped save three Somali girls, aged 4, 7 and 9, from female genital circumcision, and is now hoping to become an alternative practitioner for women’s mental health with an emphasis on expressive art therapy and spirituality.
Dafna Banai, Tel Aviv, Israel – Women’s International League for Peace & Freedom. Dafna and her organization help Palestinian women that need to cross various checkpoints within the Occupied Territories for medical and other reasons.
Julie Nze-Bertram, Evanston Gardens, Australia – Julie is the coordinator of Sweet Mother International -Australia. Julie uses her own resources to travel to Africa to care for poor women and girls through teaching, providing supplies, mediating disputes and leading community development initiatives.
Robin Lim, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia, Robin Lim Support Organization – Before the tsunami of December 2004, Lim was living in Indonesia, serving as a midwife and advocate for safe birth practices and health care. She established basic sanitation and universal AIDS prevention in the hospital in Bali. After the tsunami, Lim focused her efforts on assisting emergency medical teams. Her husband and grown children, originally from Iowa in the United States, are full-time volunteers for her birthing work, and live in Indonesia.
Heather Hosterman, Pleasant, CA, 31st December Women’s Movement – Heather taught women in Ghana about planting crops and hardwood trees in previously deforested regions. Also, she recently returned from Bolivia where she trained as a Peace Corps Environmental Educator and taught waste management and environmental awareness in Bolivian schools. Her next project is to travel to Ixhualan, Mexico, to develop educational materials on gender equality for AUGE, a women’s micro-crediting loan organization.
Pamela Wooldridge, Thomaston, GA – Wooldridge’s 15-year-old son nominated her for this award after witnessing her relentless work on behalf of abused and neglected children in their area. She works with local government agencies and independently, even securing a $6,000 loan two years in a row to provide Christmas gifts for nearly 80 needy children in her community. She has also created a foundation to provide outreach services for abused and neglected children, foster children and women rebuilding their lives after domestic violence.
Alice Washington, Richmond, VA , Helping Hands Women’s Outreach Ministries – Ceeatta House – Alice works with women who have experienced the trauma of sexual abuse, many of whom have histories of violence, previous incarcerations, and mental health disorders. She used personal funds to open four homes for women survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and has tailored a program to help women reenter their lives free of drugs, battering and family strife.
Josephine Prescott, Aiken, SC, CSRA Dream Catchers, Josephine was shot by her estranged husband when she was eight months pregnant, and left a quadriplegic. Now, 20 years later, he still lives in the same area where she speaks her story as the founder of the CSRA Dream Catchers support/advocacy group. Without compensation for any of her efforts, she assists other survivors of domestic abuse, and speaks locally for the “Love Shouldn’t Hurt” forum.
Johnnie Lewis, O Oakland, CA, SISTER (Supportive, Intensive System of Treatment, Empowerment & Recovery) – Johnnie was raped at 7 years old, and grew into a woman who will not let other women make destructive choices. She gave her life savings and her home to develop a program to teach self-respect and life skills to women and girls who have experienced sexual trauma, domestic violence or prostitution, and is known for her ability to love unconditionally.
Jennifer Stanley, Warren, RI, Silent Witness – Jennifer is the Director of the Women’s Center at Roger Williams University but also volunteers as the International Director of College Campus Projects with the Silent Witness Initiative. Her program through SWI has been recognized by the National Crime Prevention Council as one of the 50 best practices for ending domestic violence, and she does this almost exclusively in her off-time, wrangling phones, emails and volunteers to make women safe from violence.