The “mother courage” from the lower rhine

The 'mother courage' from the lower rhine

The women's aid organization Solwodi is celebrating its 25th anniversary in these months. At our site founder Lea Ackermann recalled on Tuesday (15.06.2010) to the foundation, the first time in Kenya and the successes since then. Just recently, the Itzel Foundation honored the commitment of the nun.

At the awarding of the 50.000 euro Itzel Prize of the Munich Foundation in early June, North Rhine-Westphalia's Minister for Women's Affairs Armin Laschet praised the Solwodi founder as a "Sister Courage. As a "White Sister" she began her commitment in 1960. The idea for Solwodi came to her at the 1985 World Conference on Women in Nairobi, she recalls in an interview with our site. The main theme of the meeting at the time, he said, was violence against women: "prostitution, sex tourism, marriage market.""With the enthusiasm of this World Conference on Women, I then came to Mombasa. And there I thought: this is where I want to get involved". She took to the streets and spoke to the women. "If a woman had told me 'Great prostitution, with the money I can help my family,' I wouldn't have cared either."But the women said otherwise. They complained of their distress. Ackermann thought about ways out – and came up with the idea of Solwodi: Solidarity with women in distress as an exit project for women and girls from slum prostitution. Committed for 25 years Since 1988, the organization, which is based in Boppard, has 42 permanently employed women working in twelve counseling centers. In the past 25 years, Solwodi has been able to help thousands of women. In Germany, the non-governmental organization maintains 14 counseling centers with "shelters", ten counseling centers in Kenya and one in Romania. In Rwanda, they oversee a widows and orphans project for victims of the 1994 genocide. Among the demands are the abolition of dependent employment of prostitutes and the prosecution of any interference with their right to self-determination and freedom of action. Again and again, Ackermann urges better protection for witnesses of forced prostitution and argues for a "humane reform" of the church, which was founded on 1. The German Prostitution Act, which came into force on January 1, 2002. Ackermann has received several awards for her commitment, including the "Order of the Bull" from the Association of German Criminal Investigators. Eichstatter Shalom Prize for Kenyan social worker In Kenya, the SOLGIDI (Solidarity with girls in distress) project, which cares for the daughters of prostitutes, was born in 2002. Agnes Mailu, head of SOLGIDI, receives on Saturday (19.06.2010) the Shalom Award, which is endowed with 15.000 Euro Shalom Prize for Human Rights. For 28 years, the Shalom for Justice and Peace working group at the Catholic University of Eichstatt-Ingolstadt has presented this award to individuals or projects who have dedicated their lives to the cause of human rights. Mailu did this with all her strength. The SOLGIDI project (Solidarity with Girls in Need) is an initiative of Sister Lea Ackermann, who will also deliver the laudatory speech for Mailu. The aim is to enable daughters of prostitutes to take a different path from their mothers. That is why SOLGIDI finances their schooling and education. In addition, the employees provide sexual education for the children in order to protect them from assault.

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