SEOUL (SEOUL), South Korea, February 9, 2019 / PRNewswire / – The 10 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Committee, at 10:00 on February 9, held this year’s award ceremony at the Jamsil Lotte Hotel World.
The winners of the Sunhak Peace Prize 2019 were Dr. Akinwami Adesina (Akinwumi Adesina), President of the African Development Bank Group, and Waris Dirie, a human rights activist who fights against the barbaric tradition of removing female external genitalia (FGM).
The Award Committee commended Dr. Adesine’s contribution to improving the economies of African countries through sound governance and agricultural innovation. It has made an invaluable contribution to the food security of people in Africa, thereby improving the quality of life for millions of Africans who have to live below the poverty line.
Varys Dirieu was honored with this high award for his tireless efforts to defend the rights of women, an uncompromising struggle to eradicate the disfiguring traditions of female circumcision and protect young girls who are at risk of becoming victims of this barbaric ritual.
During the awards ceremony, each laureate received a cash reward of $ 500,000, as well as a medal and a memorial plaque from the hands of the founder of the award, Dr. Hak Ja Han Moon and the head of the committee, Dr. Il Sik Khon ( Il Sik Hong).
The event was attended by over 1,000 honored guests, including current and former presidents, vice-presidents, political leaders and businessmen from various African countries, as well as representatives of government agencies, academia, business, the media and religious organizations .
Ambassador Kenneth M. Quin, who is the President of the World Food Prize Foundation, delivered a congratulatory speech, noting that both winners contributed
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