Honor for efforts to combat slum prostitution

Religious sister and women's rights activist Lea Ackermann is awarded the Grand Cross of Merit of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Rhineland-Palatinate's Prime Minister Kurt Beck will present the award for Ackermann's work against human trafficking, forced marriage and forced prostitution on 29. February hand over.

The nun, who died on 2. The human rights organization Solwodi (Solidarity with Women and Children in Need) was founded 27 years ago, initially as an exit project for slum prostitutes in Kenya. The association, which is one of the largest aid organizations for women and children threatened and affected by sexual violence, maintains ten counseling centers in Kenya and one each in Rwanda and Romania. Since 1987, the organization has also been active in Germany, where it maintains 15 counseling centers and seven shelters. Counseling and educational services to guide battered women toward economic independence.

Ackermann, who belongs to the order of the "Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa," is the author of several books. In numerous lectures the woman pedagogue denounced the exploitation of women and children as commodity, it was said. Their awards include the Federal Cross of Merit 1. The Order of Merit of the Association of German Criminal Investigators and the Order of Merit of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate.

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