President of the South Burington, Vermont-based Population Media Center, William “Bill” Ryerson possesses a diverse background in social issues that include population stabilization and reproductive rights. Furthermore, Bill Ryerson’s dedication to the field of reproductive health earned him the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage from the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development in 2006.
The Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of reproductive rights and draws its name from Dr. Nafis Sadik. A national of Pakistan, Dr. Sadik previously served as the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). She held the position from 1987 to 2000, and earned the rank of United Nations (UN) under-secretary general prior to her departure. Furthermore, her appointment in 1987 made her the first woman to head one of the UN’s major voluntarily funded programs, and she called attention to the importance of women’s issues during her time as the UNFPA executive director.
Rotarian Action Group presents the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage during its Annual General Meeting. Based in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the organization focuses on issues regarding unsustainable development, overpopulation, and human suffering.