Nigerian Woman, Mariam Haruna receives highest Honour in Memory of Britain’s Princess Diana in London

By Isqil Najim

A Nigerian woman, Ms Mariam Haruna has been honoured with The Diana Award for going above and beyond in her daily life to create and sustain positive change, MyEngineers reports.

Mariam Haruna, 25, from Lagos has been recognised with the highest accolade a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian efforts – The Diana Award.

Established in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, the Award is given out by the charity of the same name and has the support of both her sons, The Duke of Cambridge and The Duke of Sussex.

Mariam founded ‘MAYBAL Global Foundation’ at 21, which focused on improving the lives of poor and marginalised people, especially women and children. Through her foundation, she has helped to provide clothing and food to over 5,000 people, promoted the recycling and reusing of clothes.

As a volunteer, she has provided menstrual hygiene and sexual and reproductive health education for over 500 young women.

Nigerian Woman, Mariam Haruna receives highest Honour in Memory of Britain's Princess Diana in London
Mariam at one of the outreach community engagements programmes in Lagos

During the pandemic, Mariam along with other volunteers launched the #COVID19InMyLanguage campaign, creating videos containing information about COVID-19 in different languages and sharing them online, to ensure that information about the virus and safety measures were accessible to all.

Mariam was recently invited to the Chatham House London conference where she gave insights and solutions to issues affecting young people; she also addressed issues of technology and governance, mobility and medical tourism.

In social circle, Mariam has been a model in utilising social media for change. She is also one of our (MyEngineers) trusted and dedicated team and has contributed to many Engineering information dissemination.

In her remarks, the CEO or Dianna Award, Tessy Ojo. CBE congratulated the new recipients “who are changemakers for their generation.” She added that: “It is especially poignant as we remember Princess Diana twenty-five years on. We know by receiving this honour they will inspire more young people to get involved in their communities and begin their own journey as active citizens.”

Nigerian Woman, Mariam Haruna receives highest Honour in Memory of Britain's Princess Diana in London
Mariam, Caring for the less privileges

According to the organiser, the Award recipients were nominated “by adults who know the young people in a professional capacity and recognised their efforts as a positive contribution to society. Through a rigorous nomination process, these nominators had to demonstrate the nominee’s impact in five key areas: Vision, Social Impact, Inspiring Others, Youth Leadership, and Service Journey.”

The Diana Award is charity fosters that develops and inspires positive change in the lives of young people through four key programmes which include; a mentoring programme for young people at risk, a youth-led anti-bullying ambassadors campaign, a collaborative Changemakers programme that aims to re-imagine mental health support for young people from racialised communities and a prestigious award which publicly recognises young changemakers.

There are 20 Diana Award Judging Panels representing each region or nation both in the UK and internationally. Panels consist of three judges who understand the value of young people, including one young person representative. The panels have an important main purpose: to determine which nominations from each region or nation will receive a Diana Award. Nominations are judged using the Criteria Guide and Scoring Guide which have been created to measure quality of youth social action.

On behalf of all of us at MyEngineers, we say congratulations! We are proud of your achievement and looking forward to greater you. The sky is the limit.

Nigerian Woman, Mariam Haruna receives highest Honour in Memory of Britain's Princess Diana in London

Nigerian Woman, Mariam Haruna receives highest Honour in Memory of Britain's Princess Diana in London

Nigerian Woman, Mariam Haruna receives highest Honour in Memory of Britain's Princess Diana in London

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