A woman who campaigned to get Turkey to create a ministry to better protect children has won a prestigious international prize.
Demet Sabanci scooped the Prix Monte-Carlo Woman of the Year award.
Organisers say the prize, now in its third year, is aimed at celebrating women from diverse sections of society who have had a positive impact on the lives of others.
The award, made on May 6 at the Sporting d’Hiver in Monaco, was created by journalist Cinzia Sgambati-Colman in 2012.
As well as an international award, there is also a gong to celebrate more local achievements, which this year went to Monegasque Francien Giraudi, for supporting disabled and disadvantaged children in the Maritime Alps region of France.
Last year the international award was given to Diane Harper, a US-based professor, for her contribution to defining the role of the human papilloma virus in cervical cancer.
Francoise Bardon, for social work with disadvantaged children in Columbia, and Maria Betti, for her work in the marine environment programme at the International Agency of Atomic Energy (AIEA), shared the international prize in 2012, the debut year.
Candidates are selected by a judging committee, which consists of Sgambati-Colman, two permanent members and four others, nominated for one or two-year terms.
This year’s committee included: Stéphane Valeri, Monaco’s minister of health and social affairs; Marietta Vinci Corsini, antique dealer and administrator of GIE – Point Art Monaco; Smadar Eisenberg, president of AOPMC (Amis de l’Orchestre Philarmonique de Monte-Carlo); Maria Betti, director of the Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES); Marzia Lefebvre d’Ovidio, designer; Vladimir Semenikhin, honorary consul of Kazakhstan in Monaco; Monika Assaraf, president of ERI; José Giannotti, general agent and director of Personal Insurance at Generali Insurance; Doriana Marzocco.
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