4 Changemakers Win Right Livelihood Award

Each year The Right Livelihood Award "honours and supports those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today." It's often called the "alternative Nobel."

According to the website, "This year’s group of four Laureates highlights the essential conditions for global peace and security: effective nonviolent resistance, a recognition that the arms industry is part of the problem, human and women’s rights, and the preservation of our precious ecological resources."  Here are the winners:

Hayrettin Karaca (Turkey) has been honored for his lifetime of work as the "grandfather of the Turkish environmental movement." He co-founded the Turkish environmental foundation, TEMA, and has been a leading changemaker and activist.

Sima Samar (Afghanistan) has been chosen for her dedication to human rights. She is a doctor, educator, and human rights activist, and founded an organization that has helped establish hundreds of schools and clinics/hospitals that offer education and health care, especially to women and girls. Samar is also chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.

Gene Sharp (U.S.) has been chosen for his expertise in nonviolent resistance and revolution. A writer, educator, researcher, and consultant, Sharp has written several books about nonviolent action, and has helped implement strategies of nonviolent resistance around the world.

The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CATT) (UK) has been chosen for their long-term work to end UK arms exports and campaign against the global arms trade. CAAT's strategies include public awareness campaigns, pressure on institutions to disinvest from arms exporters, the uncovering of corruption in the trade, and efforts to hold companies and governments accountable.

Get inspired by past honorees.

~ Marsha

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