WOMENAID - Key Persons
- Honorary General Secretary, Family Planning Association of Pakistan. 13.07.1994
- Head EC Investigative Mission into the Treatment of Muslim Women in F. Yugoslavia. 02.06.1993
- WHO Medical Supplies Officer, WHO Regional Office for Europe
"Your gift to Trickle Up helped begin or expand 6,720 businesses: 2,295 of them in Africa; 2964 in Asia: 1440 in the Americas, including 108 in the United States and 21 in Eastern Europe. These figures, by our reckoning, mean that the lives of at least 35,000 people changed dramatically in 1996….I write to you, our generous donor, to say thank you."
- Chairman of Stability Pact Task Force on Trafficking in Human Beings. Vienna 11 June 2002
- Director UN Information Centre, London. 1993
- UN Deputy under - Secretary General, Helsinki 1988
Many fundraising initiatives were undertaken, enabling WomenAid to provide support for microcredit, health, environmental and other development related projects in Kenya, Uganda, Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, India, Pakistan, Bosnia, Croatia, Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan. In 1997 ITN News at Ten filmed a Special Report on urgent food assistance provided by WomenAid International to the psychiatric hospital in Yaroslavl, Russia.
WomenAid's humanitarian activities multiplied dramatically due to the war in former Yugoslavia. In 1993 Pida secured a contribution of over 8000 MT of food stocks, valued over £7 million, from MAFF together with £750,000 transportation costs from ODA enabling WomenAid to implement major convoy operations throughout the war-torn conflict zone.
Operating as a logistic partner with the USAF, WomenAid provided 3350 MT food supplies for the Central Bosnia Airdrop and the Sarajevo Airlift,(Operation Provide Promise) food aid programme -simultaneously supplying over 5000 MT food aid in the region as an implementing partnership with the UN World Food Programme, UNHCR, and WHO. The UN World Food Programme stated ‘WomenAid undoubtedly saved lives'.
The seventh British charity to be invited into a Framework Partnership with the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) WomenAid International thereafter was invited by several governments to implement major humanitarian emergency programmes in Central Asia and the Caucasus.
- Projects / Field Finance Officer 1995 1997
- Country Director, UN World Food Programme, Armenia
"If you are poor, you are disadvantaged. But if you are poor and also a woman, you are doubly disadvantaged!"
"La qualite de son travail sur le terrain fait de WomenAid une de meilleure ONG qui travaillent en Armenie." (The quality of its work in the field make WomenAid one of the best NGOs working in Armenia.
- United Nations Secretary - General
- Founder and Chair, Ambassadorial Ball
- Founder WomenAid International With NEHAP FORUM Participants
Widely traveled as a child, she saw at first hand the suffering caused by poverty and the consequences of war, and she remains driven by a rage for change and for justice.
In 1996, in recognition of her high profile promotion of the UN and 20 years service on committees, UNA-UK appointed her a Vice-President. n 1975 she received an IWY Award at the UN for her promotional activities of the first UN International Women's Year (IWY). In 1999 she was a finalist in the 9th Annual European Women of Achievement Awards (Humanitarian' category).
She has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the principle of voluntary service and community engagement. In 1983 she became an active member of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, FANY (PVRC), the world's longest established women's uniformed ‘military' voluntary organisation. Founded in 1907 the Corps has an illustrious history of service in both war and peace.
A committed human rights campaigner Pida launched several high profile global and regional human rights awareness campaigns focused on ending violence against women. In 1992 Bosnian women survivors of the notorious ‘rape' camps asked her to ‘Tell the World' and she launched a global campaign of that name and WomenAid was acknowledged as having taken ‘the lead' on the issue. Implementing a psycho-social support programme for traumatised refugees WomenAid was the only agency paying small cash grants directly to survivors and refugee women who had been stripped of all cash and valuables.
WomenAid sponsored the development and consultations on the Georgian National Environmental Health Action Plan, (NEHAP). Using WomenAid's network platform concept, specialist platforms were created to develop each section of the draft plan. The draft was then circulated widely at all levels of civil society for consultation and feedback. The NEHAP was adopted by the Georgian parliament in decree number 326 on 23 March 2003.
To conclude the two 5-year campaigns in the Caucasus and thank participants, in 2005 Pida organised the first Caucasus Contemporary Music Festival, Tbilisi Live! A series of concerts were presented by famous jazz, rock, classical and Yo Yo Ma Silk Road artists and musicians, all of whom performed voluntary in support of WomenAid multi-year activities in the region.
Pida Ripley, the Founder of WomenAid International gave strategic support at the start of the project and during her visit to Georgia meetings were arranged with key government officials to obtain support and commitment for the aim of the project. This was followed with extensive meetings with senior representatives of larger non-governmental organizations, the press and media, senior police, education and healthcare officials, all of whom were invited to participate in the development of the Network, via Round Table Discussions and issue-specific Network Platforms. This greatly assisted subsequent implementation activities as those who would be positively helpful were clearly identified.
- International Law Researcher 1993
- Commissioner for Refugees
- Chief Administrator 1993 1995