Christopher Norwood and Nane Annan
Photo by John Wegorzewski

Chris Norwood Honored
For Community Service

Edward T. Callaghan

HRISTOPHER (CHRIS) NORWOOD, founder of Health People, a community organization that works with families affected by HIV/AIDS, asthma and diabetes, was one of a thousand women honored at a reception at the United Nations. They were jointly nominated by Swiss UNESCO for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.

The event marked publication of 1,000 Peace Women Around the Globe by Dr. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, an anthropologist and member of the Swiss Parliament and the Council of Europe.

The massive 2,208 page tome profiles an extraordinary group of women who perform
reconstruction and community service in dangerous surroundings.

Mrs. Kofi (Nane) Annan, wife of the UN Secretary General, was on hand, as were other dignitaries and diplomats to congratulate the author in throwing light on the lives of these extraordinary women.

Featured prominently in the book, Norwood began Health People in New York’s South Bronx in 1990 after researching a Ms. Magazine cover story on the hidden population of women and children afflicted with AIDS.

Dr. Vermot-Mangold noted that "these thousand women represent the millions who are engaged daily in working towards a better future. Without regard for their own safety, they are active on behalf of the community’s well-being. They call for reconciliation, demand justice, and re-build what has been destroyed. They work on the front in crisis and war regions as well as in the background all over the world."

To order a copy of the book or learn more visit

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