Menstruation is a subject that has culturally been considered a taboo and is entrenched with misconceptions and disregard, with little cognizance of the hazards of inadequate menstrual protection. The Project will highlight how the subject of feminine hygiene is grossly neglected at all levels.
It gives us immense pleasure to announce that WOTR has won ‘the 2017 Land for Life Award’ by the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). WOTR has been awarded this award for its work to transform the lives of communities suffering from the impacts of land degradation.
The Land for Life Award recognizes excellence and innovation of individuals or organizations who have made outstanding contributions towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 15 "Life on Land", in particular Target 15.3 "Land Degradation Neutrality".
On this occasion, while accepting the award our executive director Dr. Marcella D'Souza had the following to say, "Combating desertification can be achieved! Team WOTR is thrilled that we have been able to prove it conclusively. Thank you UNCCD for recognizing the years of silent, committed efforts of my team and villagers, through this prestigious award. We thank our enablers and funders – the Indian Government, the German Government (through KfW and GIZ), the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation, the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development and our many donors, who have helped us realize this. WOTR renews its commitment to continue Combating Desertification in India and elsewhere.”