Ashley Coleman – Minneapolis, MN – In 2007 Ashley started the DIVA/SUAVE Project which gives young people training, mentoring and the necessary skills to become small business owners.
Rita Chaikin – Haifa, Israel – Rita has dedicated her life to ending violence against women and children through her work combating human trafficking of women.
Anicet Katsuva – Kampala, Uganda – Anicet has endured being jailed, shot and brutally raped for her extraordinary efforts to defend and report the victimization and violence against women in her community.
Shazia Parveen – Punjab, Pakistan – Shazia has spent her life advocating against child labor, bondage, and physical and sexual violence. She is the only female in her community working selflessly to improve the lives of others. One project that she created has freed 150 women from bondage and taught them the skills to find employment.
Val Liveoak – San Antonio, TX – For eighteen years, Val has been an active Alternatives to Violence Project facilitator and has co-facilitated workshops in several states of the US, and in Mexico, Canada, Cuba, St. Croix, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and El Salvador. In August 2009, she helped train 6 Colombian Facilitators to lead community-based trauma healing workshops,
Elizabeth Davis – Tampa FL – Elizabeth founded an international non-governmental organization called Project Akilah, which is dedicated to creating an arts and vocational institute in Rwanda that will serve young women.
Lorraine Gillespie – Wauchula, FL – Lorraine sold her home and personal possessions to open a shelter for women and children that have been victims of domestic violence or are homeless. At 74, she continues to provide shelter and counseling services for those in need in her community.
Rita Witt – Lee’s Summit MO – Rita has spent her life helping others. She spent 15 years in the Amazon Jungle of Brazil as a youth and family counselor for abused and abandoned children and with human rights issues. She now counsels domestic violence victims and facilitates therapy groups at Hope House, a shelter for domestic violence victims.