The WomenAid logo was designed by the Founder, Pida Ripley.
Having sustained serious injuries when her jeep crashed off the road while escaping an
attempted kidnap in a security incident in Mingrelia, Georgia, she was hospitalised for
four months. During that time, she recalled how so many refugees
in different countries had looked up at the stars, sighed and said "All
we have left is hope." The 'Star of Hope' was an obvious
choice for the WomenAid logo. The five pointed star represents the
hope of those in crisis in five continents.
Upon leaving hospital she returned to Georgia and a few months
later, following a government declaration of an acute food shortage in Svaneti, a remote
mountainous region, she led an assessment mission into the area. Sighted near the top of
the mountains, formed by the last of the winter snow, was a huge, white five pointed star.
'A good omen', the mission team declared.
Shortly afterwards the first
WomenAid/UN World Food Programme
convoy, led by Pida Ripley, began the delivery of emergency food into the region.
As the convoy approached the place where the snow star had first been seen,
vehicles were fired upon by bandits and the convoy personnel robbed at
gunpoint. The bandits drove away in the lead WomenAid jeep which contained all
the distribution documentation. Without these documents there was no
possibility of distributing the food so, as night fell, Pida Ripley followed
the bandits and used the convoy trucks to blockade them in
their mountain village. A tense night of negotiations led eventually
to the successful recovery of the
jeep and distribution documents.
After this incident, the
villagers throughout the region finally
spoke out against the notorious bandits and, with the support of government security
forces, WomenAid subsequently delivered 1000 tonnes of emergency food supplies before the
region was isolated by the arrival of the winter snow.