Lilian Seenoi has scooped the ‘Women on the Move’ Award, which is part of the Women of the World Festival. She is the first woman from Northern Ireland to achieve the title.
For her own part, Lilian is a 32-year-old Maasai woman from Kenya who has been involved with community development work for 15 years in her native country and is now founder of the North West Migrants Forum in Londonderry. Currently she is studying a BSc in Community and Youth Studies, is also a busy mother while undertaking volunteering work with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living locally.
Congratulating Lilian on her accolade, the Mayor, Martin Reilly, said: “The aim of the awards is to highlight that migrant and refugee women make an exceptional contribution to our society. The awards are organised and presented by three organisations. A London based group called ‘The Forum’ which works with migrants in London, The UK wide NGO ‘Migrants’ Rights Network’ and the Office of the United Nations High commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). It is a great recognition for the help that Lilian has provided for thousands of women in her country and the work she continues to do with Migrant workers here across the city. She is a great ambassador representing minority groups in this City.”
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