Guinean doctor Morissana Kouyate and
Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece have been announced as the winners of
the 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize.
Kouyaté is a leading figure in efforts to end violence against women in Africa, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Vardinoyannis has been involved in the fight against childhood cancer for some 30 years.
The Nelson Mandela Prize is awarded in
every five years to recognize those who dedicate their lives to the
service of humanity, by promoting the purposes and principles of the
United Nations, while honouring Nelson Mandela’s life, and legacy of
reconciliation, political transition, and social transformation.
The Mandela Prize was established by a UN General Assembly resolution in June 2014.
The United Nations observes 18 July every year as Nelson Mandela International Day.