Ágnes Geréb, the internationally recognized Hungarian Homebirth Midwife voted “the most influential woman of the past decade in Hungary”
February 28, 2011
The prestigious Hungarian women’s magazine, Nők Lapja, and its online version, initiated a public vote to find out who are the decade’s most definitive or most popular women in Hungary. In the category of public affairs the majority of the readers votes were for Dr. Agnes Geréb. This category had involved many well-known and popular figures who presented themselves daily in the most important parts of the Hungarian media.
Because Dr. Geréb is presently under house arrest – a situation sought by the Hungarian Prosecution Service to restrict her from attending homebirths -, Dorka Herner, her eldest daughter represented her at the ceremony.
In receiving the award on behalf of her mother Dorka Herner remarks included the following: “It is a strange and ambiguous feeling to stand here. This situation mirrors the way our family has lived for years surrounded by infinite love and at the same time enormous rejection: here is this prize but it is not possible to hand it to the woman who is awarded it because she is under house arrest. When my mother was imprisoned people could not communicate their feelings towards her so it was me whom they approached. I have received 100-200 e-mails daily from those who love and support her. A significant number of the letters were written by those who personally do not know her, however, they respect her for her ongoing struggle for the humanization of birth, for women’s rights and for the freedom of choice. Perhaps the prize given to my mother while it is addressed only and specifically to her, nevertheless, at the same time is it also beyond her and represents an entire cause as well: this prize is the vote of thousands to support the freedom of choice.”
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