ACE HEALTH FOUNDATION STATEMENT- CEREMONY PRESENTING INAUGURAL SECRETARY OF STATE'S AWARD FOR GLOBAL ANTI- RACISM CHAMPIONS – August 9, 2023
On August 9, 2023, Career Ambassador Ruth A. Davis( ret.) co-chair of ACE Global Network for ACE Health Foundation and co-founder of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) and Founder and President of ACE Health Foundation Pooja Chandra Pama joined US Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken, Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice Desiree Cormier Smith, Deputy Secretary for Management and Resources Richard Verma; OSCE High Commissioner for National Minorities Kairat Abdrakhmanov; UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences Gabriela Ramos; and other distinguished guests from the International community to honor the 2023 recipients of the U.S. Department of State inaugural Secretary of State's Award for Global Anti-Racism Champions.
Six outstanding activists, Rani Yan Yan (Bangladesh), Kari Guajajara (Brazil), Victorina Luca (Moldova), Sarswati Nepali (Nepal), Oswaldo Bilbao Lobaton (Peru), and Saadia Mosbah (Tunisia), were honored for their courageous leadership in promoting the advancement of the human rights of marginalized racial, ethnic, and indigenous communities. In response to the United States' efforts to collaborate globally in solving injustices against humanity, various embassies and consulates nominated these unsung leaders who advocate for dismantling systemic racism.
ACE Health Foundation (ACE) applauds the award recipients and supports the U.S. government's interest in partnering with international stakeholders to develop solutions to persistent global racial challenges. ACE recognizes that the challenges must be addressed with, among other things, strategies for economic development with emphasis on legislation supporting equity policies. The groundwork for dismantling systemic racism includes initiatives for fair and just playing ﬁelds and for ﬁnancial sustainability.
Co-Chairs of ACE Global Network, Career Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (ret.) and Global Bridger, Pooja Chandra Pama believe in supporting opportunities that enhance equity and economic empowerment. Utilizing this approach is critical to ending discrimination against members of marginalized racial, ethnic, and indigenous communities. Staying true to her family's core foundation, with privilege comes great responsibility,Pama's desire is to create a just, economically equitable society worldwide.
Photo Credit: Ingrid Hall, Asst to US Career Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (Ret.) Photo - Left to Right
Oswaldo Bilbao Lobaton (Peru), Saadia Mosbah (Tunisia), Rani Yan Yan (Bangladesh), US Career Ambassador Ruth A. Davis (Ret.), Victorina Luca (Moldova), Global Bridger Pooja Chandra Pama (US), Sarswati Nepali (Nepal),Kari Guajajara (Brazil), UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences Gabriela Ramos and US Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice Desiree Cormier Smith