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Winners of Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Award announced

Cynthia Masiyiwa from Zimbabwe is the winner of the Migrant and Refugee Young Woman of the Year Award.

Cynthia advocates for asylum seekers and encourages young people in south London into employment.

She received her award on 8th March 2013, as part of International Women's Day celebrations in London.

On the same occasion, Remzije Sherifi and Constance Nzeneu won the Migrant and Refugee Woman of the Year Award 2013.

Remzije was a radio journalist in Kosovo before she came to Glasgow where she now runs the Maryhill Integration Network, and Constance founded the Women Seeking Sanctuary Advocacy Group in Cardiff.

The Awards organised by Women for Refugee Women, aim to recognise and celebrate women who having migrated or fled persecution themselves, find time to provide essential support and inspiring leadership at grassroots level to others attempting to start a new life in the UK.

This year Women for Refugee Women also launched a new award for outstanding media coverage of women and migration. The winner in the print category is Zoe Williams, for her illuminating work in the Guardian on the housing situation facing asylum seekers, and particularly the story of Chawada Matiwala.

The winner in the online category is Len Grant for the blog Life Without Papers, which shines a light into the hidden lives of undocumented families.

The winner in the broadcast category is Jackie Long for her important report for Channel 4 News on chaos in the UK Border Agency and the impact that this has had on one individual refugee woman.
 

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