Activist, Karen de Souza, has been named for another prestigious award.
The 56-year-old co-founder of Red Thread, is among three Caribbean nationals selected for the Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence. She will be honored for her public and civic contributions.
In the category of Arts and Letters, Trinidadian pan musician, Professor Liam Teague will receive that award while the Science and Technology award will be given to Dr. Richard Robertson of St Vincent and The Grenadines.
Dr. Robertson, director of UWI’s Seismic Research Centre at St Augustine, is a geologist and vulcanologist whose work has been ground-breaking in the study of volcanoes and the geology of the region.
A world expert, he is active in public education on the issue and has published academic books, and numerous refereed articles and book chapters.
Chairman of the Eminent Person’s Panel, Michael Mansoor, announced the names of the winners during a ceremony at Ansa McAl’s head office in Trinidad last week.
Michael Mansoor, chairman of the awards’ Eminent Persons Panel (EPP) selection committee, disclosed that nominees were screened and selected from five territories— Guyana, Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.
A country nomination committee selects one nominee in each of the categories and presents the credentials to a regional panel of eminent people.
De Souza is a women’s and children’s rights activist from Guyana. Her role in Red Thread has seen her pushing for improved service and support, education, and advocacy for victims of rape and domestic and other forms of violence and for the lowest-waged sectors of women.
De Souza and Red Thread have also been doing research and contributing to the drafting of laws and training for judicial officers to support the protection of women and children and victims of human trafficking.
Since starting Red Thread in 1986, de Souza has worked tirelessly for the organisation in an entirely voluntary capacity. The organization has been providing services like face-to-face counselling in a drop-in centre for women and children and survivors of rape and abuse, and enabled the rescue of victims of domestic violence.
The organization has participated in court proceedings, legislative initiatives and international conferences on women’s and children’s welfare.
The award would come almost two years after the activist was also nominated by the US Embassy in Guyana for the “International Women of Courage Award”.
The awards were for women who have shown exceptional bravery and leadership in advocating for women’s rights and empowerment, often at great personal risk. Their stories represent just a few of the emerging leaders found in every corner of the world, the US Embassy had explained.
The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence (ANSCAFE) is the English-speaking Caribbean’s leading recognition programme in Arts, Sciences, and Public and Civic Work.
The Ansa McAl Foundation launched this awards programme in October 2005.
The goal of the awards is to recognise significant Caribbean achievement.
De Souza has also been honoured by Kaieteur News for being a ‘Special Person’ for her work in helping others.
Jan 21, 2019President of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde challenged participants of the Concacaf facilitated two-day Club Marketing Workshop, which c oncluded yesterday, to strive to implement...
The Police Commissioner told a press conference that Charrandass Persaud is being investigated for bribery and if possible... more
Editor’s Note, If your sent letter was not published and you felt its contents were valid and devoid of libel or personal attacks, please contact us by phone or email.
Feel free to send us your comments and/or criticisms.
Contact: 624-6456; 225-8452; 225-8458; 225-8463; 225-8465; 225-8473 or 225-8491.
Or by Email: [email protected] / [email protected]