For standing up for women and children in 20 years of work with the UN Commission on Refugee and Children (which she helped found).
Here's some quotes from recent op-ed Ullmann wrote in the Boston Globe:
AS THE global financial and economic crisis continues to throw countless numbers of people out of work, millions of refugee women and girls in developing countries continue to toil at a task that is not only arduous but extremely dangerous: collecting firewood to cook meals for their families.Happy 70th birthday!
For thousands of these impoverished women and girls, gathering firewood is more than a vital chore - it is often a matter of life and death. By doing what many of us achieve by simply turning on a stove, refugee women and girls regularly fall victim to rape, assault, theft, exploitation, and even murder.
Making life safer for refugee women (Boston Globe)
Hat Tip: Green Cine Daily