This profile was prepared when Georgette Koala was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
The New Idea
Millions of people in Burkina Faso cannot fully exercise their rights and privileges as citizens because they do not possess official personal documents. Georgette Koala and her organization, the Pengdwendé Association, are assisting people, individually and collectively, to obtain identification cards, birth and marriage certificates, and other official documents through targeted education and information campaigns. Georgette's work targets mainly women because female illiteracy is high and women are most at risk of having their rights denied.