“The things you are hearing from my heart about the rights of women, the effort to preserve the proud heritage of silk handicrafts, and the flight of women to the cities to find work—these are all things that have motivated me to pour all my abilities—body and soul—into establishing this small concern that I have led since 1976.”

2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee KOMMALY CHANTHAVONG accepts Asia’s Premier Prize and Highest Honor.