Afghanistan’s first and only woman provincial Governor and an aid worker from Myanmar’s Kachin minority are among the winners of this year’s prestigious Ramon Magsaysay awards, the award foundation said on Wednesday.

Habiba Sarobi (55), Governor of the Afghan province of Bamyan and a member of the minority Hazara group, was recognised for promoting education and women’s rights. Lahpai Seng Raw — founder of Myanmar’s largest civil society group — was selected for helping people across ethnic groups under conditions of armed conflict. A Filipino healthcare pioneer, a Nepalese anti-human trafficking organisation and an Indonesian anti-corruption group are the other winners. — AFP