Through Rosi Gollmann’s campaign ‘No girl is unwanted’, 12,000 Indian baby girls who would otherwise have been killed at birth have been saved. Girls’ rights were strengthened and child marriage stopped.
Rosi grew up in Nazi Germany during the Second World War , and experienced the terror, discrimination and suspension of democracy that war brings. After the war, as an 18-year-old, Rosi decided to dedicate her life to help the poor and oppressed to help themselves. Rosi founded the organisation Andheri-Hilfe, which in the 50 years since it was established has carried out over 3,000 projects with local partners, and in doing so has helped ten million people gain a better future.
With Rosi’s help, 50,000 child labourers have been set free and been able to go to school. Tens of thousands of children with disabilities have also received support and training. Rosi and Andheri-Hilfe also support families living with HIV/AIDS, and fight against the old tradition where girls are forced to be sex slaves in some temples. In Bangladesh, over one million people have regained their sight thanks to Rosi and the committed local staff. At 90, Rosi was honoured by the World’s Children’s Prize Honorary Award for her over 50-year fight for the poorest and most vulnerable children in India and Bangladesh.