Friday March 28, 2014, New York City
Last night at the World Youth Alliance’s 15th Anniversary Ball, Aliah Dimaporo Cimafranca was awarded the first Kathryn Hoomkwap Award for Extraordinary Service in Defense of the Dignity of the Human Person. The Kathryn Hoomkwap Award celebrates a WYA member or alumnus who has contributed to the defense of human dignity in a remarkable way, including work in the areas of policy, scholarship, service, personal action, art, or creative achievement. The award is named after Kathryn Hauwa Hoomkwap, who served as Executive Director of the World Youth Alliance from 2005-2008 and is honored for her fearlessness and conviction as a Nigerian political leader.
Aliah is the first awardee because of her firm conviction and courageous defense on behalf of human dignity. After volunteering for World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific in 2005, Aliah joined the New York Internship at the World Youth Alliance Headquarters in 2008 and became the International Director of Operations from 2008 to 2010. She served briefly as the Executive Director of WYA Foundation before returning to the Philippines to assume her election as the 2nd District Representative of the Province of Lanao del Norte in the House of Representatives. She presented a new voice in Congress for the indigenous Maranao tribe and fought the Reproductive Health Bill.
Throughout her work, Aliah diligently upheld the WYA mission in solidarity with young people around the world in policy making and various humanitarian efforts. She is a shining example of a young WYA leader, dedicated to the work of human dignity. WYA will continue to award individuals who contribute to the defense of human dignity through outstanding work. We continue to be inspired by the dedication of members and alumni like Aliah. Join us to celebrate the next awardee at the 2015 WYA ball!