NEW YORK, UNITED STATES, 2 October 2022. Dr. Djibril Diallo from Senegal, who is the President and CEO of African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), has received the 2022 most influential people of African descent (MIPAD) Lifetime Achievement Award, under the pillar of Development, for “his lifelong efforts in mobilizing people, across the world, to commit to advancing issues impacting people of African Descent worldwide.”
“If we continue at the current pace, it will take at least 100 years for women and girls to enjoy the equal dignity and rights promised to them [in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights adopted] 74 years ago,” said Dr. Diallo. “They should not have to wait any longer. Our Red Card Campaign to put an end to all forms of gender based discrimination and violence envisions a world where women enjoy true freedom in all aspects of their lives, and the voices of all people can be heard equally.”
MIPAD is a global civil society initiative in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent (UN IDPAD).
Proclaimed by the UN General Assembly Resolution 68/237, the award process involves spotlighting individual achievements from the year 2015 through 2024 in line with three pillars: Recognition, Justice, and Development.
Dr. Diallo was presented with the Continental and Diaspora honor during the MIPAD 100 class of 2022 Recognition and Awards Ceremony, held on 2nd October at the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Other high-profile recipients of the award include, Mayor of New York City, Hon. Eric Adams, Former First Vice President of Costa Rica, Hon. Epsy Campbell-Barr, amongst others.
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