The Award 2008

On November 24 2008, the Roland Berger Foundation presented the first Roland Berger Human Dignity Award under the patronage of the Federal President.

“We are acknowledging a woman whose story both disturbs and inspires us; a woman who through her uncompromising mission to defend human dignity serves as an example for us all,” said former Federal President Horst Köhler, who presented the Award to Somaly Mam.

A speech in praise of Ms. Mam was given by US filmmaker and human rights activist Guy Jacobson. “Somaly Mam was an orphan in the poorest of circumstances. Sold into prostitution, she was forced to witness the most horrific atrocities, torture and murder,” he said. “Today, she has emerged as a leading figure representing the voice of the victims.” The Roland Berger Human Dignity Award honors Somaly Mam personally for her work, “but the true winners are the countless number of people whose lives she has managed to change.”

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