UNFCU Foundation awards UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula Coordinator

20 November, 2017
UNFCU Foundation awards UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula Coordinator
Ms. Erin Anastasi, UNFPA Coordinator (r.), receives the 2017 Women’s Empowerment Award from Ms. Pamela Agnone, UNFCU Foundation's President and Director (l.). Photo: Margaret Fox

New York, United States – The UNFCU Foundation awarded Ms. Erin Anastasi, Coordinator of the UNFPA-led Campaign to End Fistula, with its 2017 Women’s Empowerment Award. The award was given at New York-based Columbus Citizens Foundation reception in November 2017.

“Reaching the poorest women with life-changing health care and accelerating their transition to decent work are essential to eliminating poverty,” said Ms. Pamela Agnone, UNFCU Foundation's President and Director. “Erin’s achievements embody action for a new global agenda grounded in principles of rights, inclusiveness, and equality. We recognize Erin for her leadership, enabling women to overcome a devastating condition known as obstetric fistula, and join us in the effort to rebuild more lives.”

Ms. Anastasi accepted the award in behalf of UNFPA and the Campaign to End Fistula. “To be honoured for my efforts is to note the source of my inspiration–the transformative work of surgeons, nurses, midwives, social reintegration experts, policy makers, fistula campaign partners and advocates around the world–of course, in addition to the women and girls themselves,” said Ms. Anastasi. “In the face of extreme poverty, it takes a visionary and collaborative approach to achieve our goal.”

Previous award winners are the First Lady of the United Nations, Madame Ban Soon-taek, for her lifetime of service, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and humanitarian Sheryl WuDunn and Ritu Sharma, author and gender equality advocate.

The UNFCU Foundation is a New York-based, non-profit corporation, established by the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) to sustain the path out of poverty through provision of healthcare and education for women and children. Since its launch in 2015, the UNFCU Foundation has benefitted more than 15,000 women and youth across nine countries by providing access to critical healthcare, basic education, and livelihoods training.

Watch this video to see how UNFCU Foundation’s support of the UNFPA-led campaign is transforming lives.