On 29th October 2014 I received a Lifetime Achievement award from the United Nations Association of New York. It was a very proud moment for me as it was recognition for the work I have carried out over the years in my quest to help widows and their children. The occasion was the ‘Humanitarian of Year’ awards in order to mark UN Day. The theme for the awards was ‘Empowering Women, Promoting Peace and Progress’ and the honorees selected were individuals and organisations who have shown extraordinary commitment to social entrepreneurship, gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the world.
Ban Ki-Moon was unable to attend the dinner and presentation but he wrote a message in the program and I just want to share one line in particular as it highlights why it is so important to keep helping widows:
“The United Nations draws a direct link between progress for women and advancements across society as a whole.”