Advisory: Pan-African Parliament President Gertrude Mongella to receive Delta Prize

— February 2, 2005

Athens, Ga. — The Honorable Ambassador Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella, the first president of the Pan-African Parliament of the African Union, will receive the 2005 Delta Prize for Global Understanding at a banquet on March 1 on the campus of the University of Georgia. Ambassador Mongella will be recognized for her lifelong promotion of women's and children's rights.

A symposium on Ambassador Mongella's contributions to global understanding will take place the same day at 4 p.m. in Masters Hall of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. The symposium will feature a panel discussion with Ambassador Mongella, Ambassador Andrew M. Daraja of the Embassy of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United States, and Lioba Moshi, director of the African Studies Institute at UGA. Betty Jean Craige, director of UGA's Center for Humanities and Arts, will moderate. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Mongella has previously served as a member of Parliament in Tanzania; Goodwill Ambassador to the World Health Organization representing Africa; leader of the OAU Election Observer Team to Zimbabwe for the 2002 presidential election; member of the "Council of The Future" at UNESCO; president of Advocacy for Women in Africa, and U.N. assistant secretary general and secretary general for the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing.

Established with an $890,000 endowment grant from the Delta Air Lines Foundation, the Delta Prize for Global Understanding is administered by UGA. The prize includes a bronze sculpture and a $10,000 cash award. Previous recipients include former President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel; Former United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Sadako Ogata; former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev; Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa; and former President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center.

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