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Announcing the Winners of the 9th Annual Vidanta Foundation Prize: "contributions to the Reduction of Poverty and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean," 2018

15 / Oct / 2018

Mexico City, October 15, 2018. The Vidanta Foundation - a non-profit organization that promotes the strengthening of democratic values and the economic and social development of Latin America - announced the three winners of the 9th edition of the Vidanta FoundationPrize: "Contributions to the reduction of poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean." The winners were selected by a jury chaired by the former President of Uruguay, Julio María Sanguinetti, and Rolando Cordera, Guadalupe González, and José Luis Machinea taking into consideration four main criteria: innovation, measurable results, impact, duration, and transfer, as well as environmental sustainability.

In collaboration with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), the Vidanta Foundation evaluated 227 projects from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), private assistance institutions, foundations, Afro-descendant and indigenous groups, civic associations and non-profit organizations that carry out their work in Latin America or the Caribbean. The Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute won first place for their project to strengthen the movement of female domestic workers in Mexico and for the recognition of their labor rights as women in the workforce.

"We are very honored to present our Vidanta Foundation Prize in its ninth edition at the Universum Museum of the UNAM. After nearly ten uninterrupted years, the Vidanta Foundation Prize has... helped thousands of people in our region from civil society reduce poverty and inequality as well as to fight against various forms of discrimination," said the president of Vidanta Foundation, Dr. Roberto Russell.

With a contribution of 100,000 dollars, the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute will continue to contribute to the strengthening of the movement for the recognition of labor rights of domestic companies collaborating with organizations such as the Center for Support and Training for Domestic Workers (CACEH), with other groups of domestic workers in the interior of the Republic and with other organizations and sectors, to get the ratification from the Mexican State of the agreement 189 of the International Labor Organization on women and men workers, as well as modifications in national legislation that guarantee the right to equality and non-discrimination for domestic workers in Mexico.

"The struggle of domestic workers questions the social inequalities and the daily discrimination that has lived inside homes in Mexico. The work that CACEH and other organizations have done to transform these realities of gender discrimination is an example and an inspiration for us", said Ximena Andión, Director of the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute.

These were some of the values the jury and council used to help them make their decision for first place for which the Simone de Beauvoir Leadership Institute possessed:

  • Relevance in the public agenda.
  • The way of approaching it: Through a concrete project, focused and oriented to results that can facilitate the change.
  • The requesting entity will work in partnership with organizations of domestic workers in the country. The recognition of the rights of domestic workers in Mexico would benefit more than 2 million women and their families.

The second place prize was of 75,000 dollars, was awarded to Wingu for his project "Caminos de la Villa," which aims to visualize the state of the poor settlements of Buenos Aires on digital maps and integrate them into the official cartography of the city, using technology as a tool for empowerment and citizen oversight. The aspects valued by the jury for this recognition include: the high degree of innovation and scalability of the project, as well as its contribution to visualize and place on official maps those territories while allowing citizens to alert, report and identify situations which require public interventions in their neighborhoods and also transfer complaints and claims to local authorities.

With a full donation of 50,000 dollars, the third place was awarded to Tierra Grata for its "Baño Grato" project. A model that solves the lack of sanitation in the most impoverished rural areas by creating and installing a type of bathroom that does not use water for its operation, but uses a mixture of lime, sawdust, and ashes instead. The aspects that the jury valued in this project is the high potential and impact it will have, the easy scalability and replicability of the same, the reduction in the risk of harassment to which the women of these poor areas are subjected due to the lack of privacy of the precarious sanitation systems that they have, as well as their contribution to the care of the environment by not using water in their operation.

The Fundación Vidanta Prize was created in 2009 and aims to recognize and support outstanding and original works carried out in Latin America and the Caribbean to reduce poverty, inequality, and discrimination; ensuring that this work is recognized, supported and that their contributions are shared as follows:

  • Develop greater knowledge and skills in the field
  • Influence public policy decision making
  • Create greater awareness and mobilize public opinion on crucial issues related to poverty, inequality, and discrimination in the region
  • Promote humanitarian and solidarity values in the general population
  • Encourage philanthropy and corporate social responsibility

Since its launch, Vidanta Foundation has received more than 3,000 presentations from almost all countries in the region, around 5,000 consultations and has delivered 26 awards that will reach 29 during this 9th edition of the Vidanta Foundation Awards at the Universum Museum of the UNAM.

For more information about the Vidanta Foundation Award, please visit www.fundacionvidanta.org.