Bhopal survivors leaders Mrs. Rashida Bee and Mrs. Champa Devi Shukla left today for, USA to receive an international award for advancement of worker health and safety in India for the year 2004. The award, which is an honour that carries no monetary prize, will be presented to them by the American Public Health Association [APHA] at a ceremony on November 9, 2004 in Washington DC.
The award is given by APHA annually to one or two outstanding grassroots health and safety advocates who have advanced the cause of worker rights in their countries. In choosing Mrs. Rashida Bee and Mrs. Champa Devi for the award, the jury appreciated the active work of the two leaders in assisting workers and their families in Bhopal, in the aftermath of the December 1984 disaster.
The American Public Health Association is the oldest and largest organization of public health professionals in the world, representing more than 50,000 members from over 50 occupations of public health.
The two leaders who received the Goldman Environmental Prize in May this year will be returning to India on November 13, 2004.
Rashida Bee, Champa Devi Shukla
Presidents, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Stationery Karmachari Sangh
Syed M. Irfan
President, Bhopal Gas Peedit Mahila Purush Sangarsh Morcha
President, Bhopal ki Aawaaz
Satinath Sarangi, Rachna Dhingra
Members, Bhopal Group for Information and Action