UN Mandela Prize Awarded to Dr. Morissanda Kouyate

The following is a statement from Dr. Eleanor Nwadinobi, Founding Co-Chair of Every Woman Treaty Steering Committee in support of her colleague Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté. “It is with great delight that I echo the United Nations General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, in congratulating Dr. Morissanda Kouyaté. 

Dr. Kouyaté is CoFounder and Executive Director of the Inter-African Committee on Traditional Practices and is a champion of the health and equality for women and children.  He is one of the two winners of the 2020 United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize. 

“We are proud of Dr. Kouyaté knowing his immense contribution towards ending Female Genital Mutilation and to the drafting of the Maputo protocol. This recognition is fitting and in harmony with the drumbeat of Mandela’s legacy.” 

“Keep soaring our brother!”

Dr. Kouyaté joined Every Woman Treaty in 2015 as a Working Group member and served on the Core Platform Committee. He continues to serve on the Steering Committee, and describes his commitment to our mission, “I signed the Every Woman Treaty because I dedicate my entire life to the fight to restore women and girls all the rights that are wrongly confiscated to them. Violence against women is unacceptable, not only in words but also and especially in the facts.”