Awards and Recognitions
Manchester Fiction Prize, Highly Commended
The Write Stuff, London Book Fair Pitch Competition, Finalist
Afrokanist Magazine Feature
Student Project of the Year Award- Student Enterprise, SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies)
UK's Top 10 Black Future Leaders by Powerful Media
Make A Difference Award, Ethiopian Women's Empowerment Group
Progress Women of Excellence Award, Young Woman of Distinction
Forbes: 5 Social Change Pros Offer Advice To Young Entrepreneurs
“The key for young people who are interested in starting an organization is persistence. Always be on the lookout for opportunities to help grow your organization or to increase your knowledge base in order to extend your impact in your area of innovation..."
2014 American Express Ashoka Changemakers Emerging Innovators Announced
"American Express and Ashoka have recognized 45 innovators as future leaders of social change across North America. Their solutions tackle a wide range of the world's most critical challenges. The innovators, representing organizations from across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, will attend 2014 American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camps..."
UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund): My Journey as a Fistula Champion
"...WHOI is committed to the fight against obstetric fistula—a dreadful reality that marginalizes 1 million to 2 million women, strips them of their dignity, and worst, denies them their humanity. We are honoured to be a part of the Campaign to End Fistula and hope that this affliction will soon be eradicated."
Atlantic Business Magazine: 20 below: Habiba Cooper Diallo
"...Learning about obstetric fistula in other countries was the initial impetus, but when I thought about how fistula related to my own medical experiences I became even more interested in starting WHOI. I have been involved in maternal health research and public awareness for over six years..."
Inaugural Recipient of the Bernice Y Carnegie Future Aces Awards (Herbert H Carnegie Future Aces Foundation)
Canada’s Top 20 Under 20 Award, Youth in Motion
One of Canada's premier youth leadership awards:
"Top 20 Under 20 alumni winners have together reached out to 3 million youth through their initiatives, raised more than $10-million for various charity organizations and earned more than $50-million for entrepreneurial business ventures..." (The Globe and Mail)
Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award (local and district)
"The Young Women in Public Affairs Award Program offers recognition and awards at district and international level for outstanding young women who are making a difference in their world through service."
The Planet Africa Group: Academic Achievement Award
"Habiba Cooper Diallo was named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for innovation, leadership and achievement. She is the founder of Women's Health Organization International (WHOI)."
HuffPost: Habiba Cooper Diallo: Advocating For Women's Health In Africa
' "They had endured one of the most horrific afflictions known to humankind... and had the courage and willingness to share such devastating stories with me,” the 16-year-old student recalled in an email to The Huffington Post Canada.'
Medical Science Award, The Oxbridge Academic Programs, Barnard College
Share News: Teenager wants to affect health of women in developing countries
"It’s estimated that there are close to one million young women with the debilitating condition in Africa. Because of their severe incontinence and smell, many have been ostracized..."
First-place, Nova Scotia Lion’s Club Speak-out