On Saturday, May 08, 2021, PLACE for Africa presented the prizes to the winners of the digital collage contest in which thirteen young women involved in movements or women’s organizations participated, at its office in Cotonou. At the end of the competition, six of them won the three prizes at stake.
Four of the six competition winners
In addition, the ceremony was furnished with a series of activities. The president of Meine Welt and Europe coordinator of PLACE for Africa, Ms. Nicole Amoussou, congratulated the winners in her welcoming remarks for their various collages that reflect their commitment to the theme chosen. Note that the geographical distance separating her from Cotonou did not prevent her from following the award ceremony. The conduct of the ceremony was done under the lead of the Africa coordinator of PLACE for Africa, Mr. Fabrice Banon, who in his address to the audience explained how the idea of a collage contest had developed and which objectives were pursued with it. The objective of this contest was to bring out innovative and original ideas to denounce or raise awareness on inequalities, violence and discrimination of which women are victims on a daily basis. The idea of the collage contest had been born after the International Women’s Day 2021 workshop on “Women, Engagement and the Future”. He did congratulate the winners of the competition and urged them to continue their “efforts to transform the relationships of inequality and discrimination into a force of equality and social equity between men and women for a better living together”. He insisted that the contribution of the heroines to this challenge could not be more decisive and encouraged them not to be weakened by anything. “Obviously, I am very confident of your capacity for innovation and hope that you will be able to keep the flame of transformative female leadership burning in the lives of young women in your communities” he said to conclude his speech, which received a standing ovation from the participants.
Members of PLACE for Africa from left to right: Africa Coordinator Fabrice Banon, Abdoul-Waahidou Boukari Bata and Ebenezer Adilekon.
Following the Africa coordinator of PLACE, one of the awardees, Mrs. Roseline GNANHA, gave a speech of thanks on behalf of her colleagues to PLACE while reiterating their commitment to remain “ambassadors for the promotion and defense of women’s rights against all discrimination, violation, violence, inequality and injustice they are often victims of.”
After the various speeches, a short presentation of the biographies of the laureates and their collage works allowed the audience to get to know them better and thus initiate the prize-giving followed by a group picture. This symbolic ceremony ended in a friendly atmosphere of exchange, announcing the prospects of future initiatives from both PLACE and the (in)visible heroines honored.
Text: Abdoul Boukari