The 2003 Vincent Xavier Verodiano
Award was jointly conferred on Bailancho Saad in recognition
of its "unwavering commitment to preserve -- with prejudice
to none -- the dignity of women in the realm of social, cultural
and economic survival".
Bailancho Saad is a Goa-based,
women's collective that strives for a just and humane society
one in which women are afforded a setting to articulate their
own needs and those of their communities. Since its inception
in 1986, Bailancho Saad has had the benefit of the dynamic leadership
and resourceful insight of Adv. Albertina Almeida. This socially
conscious organization has been raising questions and challenging
patterns that could otherwise infringe or marginalize the right
of women to coexist as fundamental entities in the realization
of society's wellbeing.