ANWS board member Uma Shah wins Generation Equality award

Uma Shah (second right) with GNWS/ANWS chair Chi Hui-Jung (center) and other ANWS board members at the 4th World Conference of Women’s Shelters

Uma Shah, ANWS board member and co-founders of the Saathi shelter organization in Nepal, and her colleague Suvekchya Rana, were among the winners of UN Women’s Generation Equality Campaign awards for 2020.

The awards are organized by NGO CSW/NY in partnership with Women Have Wings, and with the support of ten grants worth US$5,000 each from the Generation Equality Campaign.

After consulting with its regional branches, NGO CSW/NY announced the 10 organizations to be awarded the US$5,000 grants last week. The funds will be used to mobilize local voices from diverse communities worldwide.

Uma co-founded Saathi Women Shelters in 1992 and has been its president since January 2016. Before being elected as head of Saathi, Uma was extensively involved in managing and operating the shelter organization, which is the first of its kind in Nepal.

She is a board member of ANWS and has participated in various international programs of women shelters. Uma has grassroots experience working with the underprivileged women and children.

Other winners of the Generation Equality awards include Saathi senior program officer Suvekchya Rana, FEMNET executive director Memory Kachambwa, Asia Pacific Women’s Watch political activist Carole Shaw, Graduate Women International members Amy Dowdle and Pouya Saeedi, RMAAD representatives Dorotea Wilson Tathum and Paola Tañez-Inofuentes, Jamaican Women Working for Social Progress council member Delores Robinson, SAFECO core faculty member Ariane Moza, DIVA political adviser Noelene Nabulivou, Marsa Sexual Health Center executive director Diana Abou Abbas, and director Anna Rivina.