Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service

Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world.

“Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.”

The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work.

The six were selected by Rotary senior leaders and staff from more than 100 nominees from around the world. They are:

  • Dr. Hashrat A. Begum, of the Rotary Club of Dhaka North West, Bangladesh, who has implemented several large-scale projects to deliver health care to poor and underserved communities.
  • Stella S. Dongo, of the Rotary Club of Highlands, Zimbabwe, who leads the Community Empowerment Project in the city of Harare. The project provides basic business and computer training to more than 6,000 women and youths affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • Lucy C. Hobgood-Brown, of the Rotary E-Club of Greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who cofounded HandUp Congo, a nonprofit that promotes and facilitates sustainable, community-driven business, educational, social, and health initiatives to underprivileged communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Razia Jan, of the Rotary Club of Duxbury, Massachusetts, USA, who has spent decades fighting for girls’ educational rights in Afghanistan. An Afghan native, she is the founder and director of the Zabuli Education Center, a school that provides free education to more than 480 girls in Deh’Subz, Afghanistan. She was also recognized as a CNN Hero in 2012.
  • Kerstin Jeska-Thorwart, of the Rotary Club of Nürnberg-Sigena, Germany, who launched the Babyhospital Galle project after surviving the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka. With a budget of $1.8 million and the support of 200 Rotary clubs, the project rebuilt and equipped the Mahamodara Teaching Hospital, in Galle, Sri Lanka. The hospital has served more than 150,000 children and more than 2.2 million women.
  • Dr. Deborah K. W. Walters, of the Rotary Club of Unity, Maine, USA, a neuroscientist who has served as director of Safe Passage (Camino Seguro), a nonprofit that provides educational and social services to families who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump.

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#1   Submitted By Stanley Nsofor on 19-Oct-2015 11:40 pm

congrats to you all for the honor

#2   Submitted By Stanley Nsofor on 19-Oct-2015 11:43 pm

congrats to you all for the honor

#3   Submitted By Bonifacio Melicor on 20-Oct-2015 03:50 am

congratulations to all six women for leadership and humanitarian service award.  Keep it up! you are really "GIFT TO THE WORLD".

#4   Submitted By Sukumar Gurumal on 20-Oct-2015 06:52 am

Congraulations to all of you. you are really  "Gift to the world"

Sukumar Gurumal

IPP.RC Rishikesh.India

#5   Submitted By Samuel Bassey on 20-Oct-2015 05:33 pm
Am proud of these very special and distinguish women congratulations our world gifted women. ..
#6   Submitted By Jayesh Suthar on 21-Oct-2015 12:02 am

Congratulation to all.

You are really prove the theme " Be a gift to hte world"

All together we will serve the community better.

dr Jayesh Suthar,President Rotary club  Sidhpur district 3051.

#7   Submitted By Ihionu Ekene Morgan on 21-Oct-2015 04:59 am

Congratulation to you all for exersing your love to humanity,,,,,,God will bless you more


#8   Submitted By T.C. Abraham on 22-Oct-2015 02:00 am

congratulation to all of you who are in part of these venture... go ahead

#9   Submitted By Rizwan Ahmed on 22-Oct-2015 05:28 am

I would like to congraulations to all of you.

You are indeed a "Gift to the world".

#10   Submitted By Onyedeke Chiamaka P on 22-Oct-2015 08:43 am

congratulations,continue the goodwork of love


#11   Submitted By Md. Zeyaur Rahman on 30-Oct-2015 07:17 am

Heartiest congratulation to all of you for your best achievement from Rotary International on behalf of my Rotary Club of Comilla Titas. 

Rtn. CP. Md. Zeyaur Rahman

Charter President

Rotary Club of Comilla Titas, Club Id: 87129, RID: 3282 Bangladesh.


#12   Submitted By Blessing Inubiwon on 2-Nov-2015 03:01 am

Congratulations to all honorees. You remain a great source of inspiration to Rotary and all women who want to impact their world positively. Welldone Super Six!

#13   Submitted By Joy Achor on 3-Nov-2015 09:16 am

congratulations to them all.

#14   Submitted By Housseine Benmoussa on 6-Nov-2015 08:12 pm

Vous méritez tous nos  éloges pour ce que vous avez fait à vos communautés.

#15   Submitted By Tin Tin Raschid on 8-Nov-2015 12:30 pm

Congratulations to all fellow women Rotarians. I would have congratulated you in person if I did not have a conflict attending the South Eastern Rehional Conference of the General Federation of Women's Club in Annapolis,Md. Had I known about it I would have annonced it at the Conference. Our District Governor Janet brown must have had the pleasure of congratulating you today.Best wishes for more great work and others to follow. Tin Tin Nu Raschid, District Governor, 1996-97