2010 WOMEN, POWER, AND PEACE AWARDEES
November 19 - Peace X Peace, an international organization that raises and multiplies women’s voices, presents the annual Women, Power, and Peace awards to honor extraordinary women and men on the frontlines of peacebuilding. We are pleased to announce the 2010 awardees in four categories:
1) The Peace Philanthropy Award honors a person or organization that has contributed generous funds over time to address the needs of women and to support women’s work in developing cultures of peace. This year’s award goes to Caroline Firestone for her ongoing creation and support of schools and medical clinics in Afghanistan for women and girls.
2) The Peace Media Award honors a publication, video, radio or television program, investigative reporter, or Internet organization that uses the power of media to inform and inspire civil society to build cultures of peace. This year’s award goes to Sheryl WuDunn for her call to action against this era's most pervasive human rights violation: the oppression of women and girls. WuDunn, along with her husband Nicholas Kristof, wrote the book Half the Sky, which highlights sex trafficking, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality in the developing world.
3) The Patricia Smith Melton Peace Builder Award honors a person or organization that builds cultures of peace not only through their daily work, but also inspires, organizes, and leads others to create a just and harmonious world. This year’s award goes to the United Methodist Committee on Relief for their work in more than 80 countries to alleviate human suffering—whether caused by war, conflict, or natural disaster.
4) The Community Peacebuilder Award honors a person or organization that builds cultures of peace at a community level. This peacebuilder is responsible for spearheading activities that promote a peaceful, just, equitable, and healthy community, and inspires others to do the same. This year’s award of $200 goes to Jane Anyango Odongo of Kenya for mobilizing 800 slum women from across 43 tribal communities during the post-election violence and subsequently initiating a women’s rights awareness project.
Full descriptions and interviews with awardees can be found at http://www.peacexpeace.org/
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