Female Magsaysay Award Winners

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The Ramon Magsaysay Award was created in 1957, the year the Philippines lost President Ramon Magsaysay in a plane crash. Among the many friends and admirers of the late President around the world were the Rockefeller brothers. With the concurrence of the Philippine government, the trustees of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) established the Award to honor his memory and perpetuate his example of integrity in public service and pragmatic idealism within a democratic society.

The Award is given in six categories: government service; public service; community leadership; journalism, literature and creative communication arts; peace and international understanding; and emergent leadership. The Magsaysay Award for Emergent Leadership seeks to inspire young people to apply their talents and energies to selfless and innovative service in Asia; this award category was created in 2000 with support from a Ford Foundation grant, and honors greatness of spirit among men and women forty years old and below.

The Magsaysay Award is also referred to as the Nobel Prize of Asia.
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Magsaysay Award Laureates


Community Leadership

  • Abdullah, Tahrunnesa (Bangladesh); 1978 [Citation]
  • Amte, Mandakini (India); 2008 [Citation]
  • Arole, Mabelle Rajanikant (India); 1969 [Citation]
  • Bhatt, Ela Ramesh (India); 1977 [Citation]
  • Chattopadhyay, Kamaladevi (India); 1966 [Citation]
  • Cheng-Yen, Shih (Taiwan); 1991 [Citation]
  • Encarnacion, Rosario (Philippines); 1968 [Citation]
  • Gomes, Angela (Bangladesh); 1999 [Citation]
  • Ichikawa, Fusaye (Japan); 1974 [Citation]
  • Kim Im-Soon (South Korea); 1989 [Citation]
  • Lee Tai-Young (South Korea); 1975 [Citation]
  • Maamo, Eva Fidela (Philippines); 1997 [Citation]
  • Maung, Cynthia (Myanmar); 2002 [Citation]
  • Phaly, Nuon (Cambodia); 1998 [Citation]
  • Roy, Aruna (India); 2000 [Citation]
  • Samar, Sima (Afghan / Pakistan); 1994 [Citation]
  • Sinha, Shantha (India); 2003 [Citation]


Public Service

  • Coyaji, Banoo Jehangir (India); 1993 [Citation]
  • Del Mundo, Fe (Philippines); 1977 [Citation]
  • Edhi, Bilqis Bano (Pakistan); 1986 [Citation]
  • Guidote, Cecile Reyes (Philippines); 1972 [Citation]
  • Jahangir, Asma (Pakistan); 1995 [Citation]
  • Kim, Helen (South Korea); 1963 [Citation]
  • Luce, Tee Tee (Myanmar); 1959 [Citation]
  • Nasution, Johanna (Indonesia); 1981 [Citation]
  • Pfau, Ruth (Pakistan); 2002 [Citation]
  • Pintong, Nilawan (Thailand); 1961 [Citation]
  • Rosal, Rosa (Philippines); 1999 [Citation]
  • Rutnam, Mary (Sri Lanka); 1958 [Citation]
  • Shanta, V. (India); 2005 [Citation]
  • Sirindhorn, Princess Maha C. (Thailand); 1991 [Citation]
  • Subbulakshmi, M.S. (India); 1974 [Citation]
  • Ungsongtham-Hata, Prateep (Thailand); 1978 [Citation]
  • Wu Qing (China); 2001 [Citation]


Journalism, Literature & Creative Communication Arts

  • Apostol, Eugenia Duran (Philippines); 2006 [Citation]
  • Coronel, Sheila (Philippines); 2003 [Citation]
  • Devi, Mahasweta (India); 1997 [Citation]
  • Ishimure, Michiko (Japan); 1973 [Citation]
  • Yun-Peng Ying, Diane (Taiwan); 1987 [Citation]


Peace & International Understanding

  • Aquino, Corazon Cojuangco (Philippines); 1998 [Citation]
  • Caulfield, Genevieve (American / Thailand); 1961 [Citation]
  • Fisher, Welthy Honsinger (American / India); 1964 [Citation]
  • Ogata, Sadako (Japan); 1997 [Citation]


Government Service

  • Aquino, Francisca Reyes (Philippines); 1962 [Citation]
  • Bedi, Kiran (India); 1994 [Citation]
  • Hanum, Dato' Zakiah (Malaysia); 1989 [Citation]
  • Mboi, Nafsiah Walinono (Indonesia); 1986 [Citation]
  • Padaca, Grace (Philippines); 2008 [Citation]
  • Santiago, Miriam Defensor, (Philippines); 1988 [Citation]
  • Tu, Elsie Elliott (British / Hong Kong); 1976 [Citation]
  • Yorac, Haydee (Philippines); 2004 [Citation]


Emergent Leadership

  • Oung, Chanthol (Cambodia); 2001 [Citation]
  • Sari, Dita Indah (Indonesia); 2001 [Citation]
  • Yoon, Hye-Ran (South Korea); 2005 [Citation]

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