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Bensouda bags UN peace award

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The Dakar-based Africa news agency, APA, on Thursday confirmed that Fatou Bensouda had travelled to Barcelona to receive ‘what many pundits roundly hailed as a meritorious award well-placed in view of Bensouda’s unwavering crusade for justice and human rights’.

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This is the second international peace award in four years for the Gambian, having bagged the 2011 World Peace through Law Award by the Whitney Harris World Law Institute in Washington, United States. 

The UNA-Spain is a member of the World Federation of UN Associations. The Peace Prize of the apolitical NGO body, which promotes peace in the world, ‘recognises the merits of an individual or collective work that stands out for its dedication to achieve the objectives of the principles encourage by the UN: defence of a peaceful resolution of conflicts, of human rights and of the fundamental freedoms.” The winner of the award is decided in collaboration with the Barcelona Provincial Council, which provides the monetary award.

Meanwhile, the award comes barely two weeks after Bensouda came under discussions in London after she was nominated at the UN Women UK Chapter during the occasion of the UN global celebration of women and men’s engagement in gender equality.

Bensouda was among world personalities lined up for discussions based on their role in promoting the cause of justice and gender equality.

The UN-UK Committee and the overwhelming audience nodded in affirmation as Bensouda’s long profile was read out cataloguing her role as the former Attorney General and Justice Minister of The Gambia; who rose to become the first African and more significantly, the first woman to head The Hague-based ICC.

The audience also underscored her previous long accomplishments backed by time-tested academic and professional excellence that make her a great role model for the upcoming generation of women aspiring to make their mark in leadership.

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