Morissana Kouyate & Marianna Vardinoyannis wins 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize

Morissana Kouyate & Marianna Vardinoyannis wins 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize

  • 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.

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