Colombian women's rights network receives world's top refugee award

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The 19 coordinators of Butterflies, a women’s rights network which also has 100 core volunteers. They put their lives on the line to assist forcibly displaced women and those who have been subject to sexual or physical violence. UNHCR/L.Zanetti

A Colombian women's rights network has been announced winner of an annual award delivered by the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) for outstanding services in supporting the refugee cause.

The network receiving the Nansen Refugee Award, which includes a $100,000 monetary prize, is called "Butterflies with New Wings Building a Future".

UNHCR says the members of Butterflies risk their lives to help survivors of forced displacement and sexual abuse.

Based in the Pacific coastal city of Buenaventura, the network of volunteers has so far helped over 1000 women and their families.

Colombia is second only to Syria in the number of internally displaced people globally, due to five decades of armed conflict.

UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Butterflies' volunteers take the displaced and abused under their wing and help them to reclaim their lives and assert their rights.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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