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Young Filipina Bags Global Award for Advocacy Work in War-Torn AreasRead all about the story of 16-year-old Arizza Ann Sahi-Nocum, who won the YWPA international award for building libraries in different slum areas within the Philippines.
A young Filipina-Muslim has done the country proud by becoming one of the five international awardees of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs Award (YWPA) for her work in building libraries and distributing books in areas known to be hotspots of rebel and terrorist groups.
Arizza Ann Sahi-Nocum, the 16-year-old administrator of the Kristiyano-Islam Peace Library (KRIS), became the first Filipina to win the prestigious YWPA international award along with four other awardees from the US, Switzerland, India and Ghana. She bested other finalists in the Zonta International District 17 which is comprised of the Zonta clubs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines after being nominated by the Zonta Club of Quezon City
Zonta’s YWPA award is given to young women aged 16-19 years old who demonstrate a commitment to leadership in public policy, government and volunteer organizations. The five finalists were chosen through a rigorous screening and review by 1,200 Zonta clubs across 64 countries. Zonta International is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.
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