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BET Honors Supermodel and Congo Advocate Iman with Service Award

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BET Honors Supermodel and Congo Advocate Iman with Service Award

Posted by Sadia Hameed on February 17, 2011

The Enough Project congratulates humanitarian, women’s rights champion, and international fashion icon Iman for being honored with the BET Service Award this year. Iman has been a longstanding advocate and supporter of Enough’s Raise Hope for Congo campaign. Over the past two years, she has dedicated time to spread awareness about the trade in conflict minerals and the systematic use of sexual violence by armed militias in eastern Congo, where one of the world’s deadliest wars since World War II is still raging.

"Iman has been a leading voice in the global effort to end violence against women.  In Congo, Iman continues to seek innovative ways to shine a spotlight on the causes of the use of rape as a war weapon,” said Enough Co-Founder John Prendergast. “Her clear and courageous voice on the links between our phones and computers and the minerals that come from Congo that power these products has helped lay the foundation for real change.  When peace does finally come to the Congo, Iman will have played a crucial role in bringing it about."

Thank you, Iman, for casting a spotlight on this silent but deadly conflict and for continuing to be a strong voice calling for the protection of Congo’s women and girls. Congratulations on this wonderful award!

To watch the televised awards ceremony during which Iman will be honored, tune into BET on February 21, 2011 at 9 p.m. EST and 8 p.m. CST.