Global Democracy Award
Senator Ted Kennedy (right) introduces
2004 IWDC Global Democracy Award Winner Representative Carolyn
Each year, the International Women's Democracy Center presents
the Global Democracy Award to women who exemplify IWDC's mission
to strength women's global leadership. The award is
presented in honor of Marķa Elena Moyano, a Peruvian activist
who worked to include women in the decision-making process
in Peru. She was a founding member and later president
of the Federation of Popular Women, a women's organization
which trains women in the skills of public administration.
Marķa dedicated her energy to involving women in local government
and was herself elected to the position of deputy mayor.
Following her electoral victory, Marķa wrote, "Our next
goal is to increase our power in the municipal government,
to place more women in Parliament, more in the Senate, as
well as in the House of Representatives, and also - why not?
- a women in executive office. The Communist Party of
Peru (Shining Path) perceived Marķa's activism as a threat
to their existence and, on February 15, 1992, members of Shining
Path assassinated her.
The Global Democracy Award is presented each spring at IWDC's
annual Congressional Reception held in Washington, DC.
Senator John Kerry presents the 2005
GDA to Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley.
Previous Global Democracy Award winners are:
2005- Ambassador Elizabeth Frawley Bagley, Former U.S. Ambassador
to Portugal, National Democracy Institute for International
2004 - Representative Carolyn McCarthy, Fourth Congressional
District of New York
2003 - Dr. Nikki Tesfai, Founder and President, The African
Community Resource Center
2003 - Patricia de Stacey Harrison, Assistant Secretary of
State for Educational and Cultural Affairs
2002 - Bronagh Hinds, Deputy Equality Commissioner, Equality
Commission for Northern Ireland
2002 - Barbara Easterling, Secretary-Treasurer, Communications
Workers of America