Boolavogue's Breda on Global Citizen of the Year shortlist
a COUNTY Wexford woman is in the running for the inaugural Dóchas Global Citizen of the Year Awards due to take place in Croke Park on May 7.
The Dóchas Awards celebrate inventive, innovative and inspiring work by people and organisations in Ireland working for global justice. In Ireland and around the world there are people leading the way in their passion and commitment to global justice, and are inspiring others to do the same.
Breda Gahan, from Boolavogue, is one of four people shortlisted for the award.
She is a Dublin trained nurse and midwife (Mater and Coombe Hospitals) with a Masters Degree in Public Health from Liverpool University. She has worked and lived overseas since 1984 in Iraq, Sudan, Cambodia, and Mozambique, following on with frequent visits to Bangladesh, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, and other countries.
For the past 27 years, she has worked with Concern Worldwide, principally supporting Health and HIV programmes in some of the world's poorest countries. Breda held the position of Chairperson of the Dóchas HIV and AIDS Working Group from 2006 to 2010.
A nomination for her says: 'Breda is the ultimate Global Citizen - having worked in the development and humanitarian fields for the past 27 years, she has contributed in some of the most difficult contexts imaginable - ranging from emergency responses in Rwanda and Burundi to work in Haiti.'
The winner will be announced at the Dochas annual conference which will be hosted by RTE's Miriam O'Callaghan.