KIGALI- The Social Development Prize awarded to Algeria by the African Union, within the framework of the decade on human rights, particularly women’s rights, is a recognition of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika efforts, to promote women’s role in society, said Monday in Kigali, Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal.
"The AU and all African leaders have decided to grant Algeria the first Social Development Prize, in recognition of the efforts of the Head of State in recent years to promote women’s role in the society," said Sellal to the press on the sidelines of the AU summit.
This distinction "is an honor for Algeria," welcomed Sellal, who was representing President Bouteflika at the works of the AU summit (July 17- 18).
The Prize was presented to Sellal by the Chairwoman of the AU Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, during the closing ceremony of the 27th session of the Ordinary Summit of AU Heads of State and Government.
Algeria has also received the "Highest Award", a distinction created exceptionally on this occasion and enshrines Algeria’s "leadership" in Africa in promotion of human rights.