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Magsaysay award for only female Afghan governor

world Updated: Jul 24, 2013 13:10 IST

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Afghanistan’s first and only female governor and a humanitarian worker from the Kachin minority in Myanmar are among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay award.

Habiba Sarabi was honoured for helping build a functioning local government and pushing for education and women’s rights in Afghanistan's Bamyan province despite discrimination and poverty.

The organisation she founded, Lahpai Seng Raw, helps rehabilitate damaged communities amid armed conflict.orgisation

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards announced Wednesday honour three individuals and two organisations for changing their societies for the better.

They are named after a popular Philippine president who died in a plane crash in 1957.