International Service, a development agency working in Latin America, West Africa and the Middle East to combat poverty and oppression, has issued a call for its annual International Service Human Rights Award. Thanks to Valeria Guarneros-Meza for drawing my attention to this.
Here is some background information on the International Service Human Rights Awards (more information, including a list of previous award winners, can be received through the International Service Agency itself):
The International Service Human Rights Awards aim to honour organisations and individuals that work at the very grassroots level in promoting human rights and effecting real change in the lives of people. They seek to celebrate the work of the ‘unsung heroes’ in the struggle for human rights in any part of the world. These awards are meant to complement rather than compete with other awards honouring people who promote social, economic and political change around the world. The celebration of these awards has become a yearly event since 2003.
The awards have three main objectives:
- To affirm the importance of the work which is aimed at changing the things that cause people in society to be excluded, impoverished or disempowered.
- To promote the importance of doing this work in a way which demonstrates an attitude of fundamental respect for all people, but especially for those who suffer from poverty and injustice.
- To raise the profile of the individual or organisational achievement via internet and press coverage in the UK and in the country in which the organisation or individual is based.
The categories of the awards are:
- The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Women
- The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Children
- The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of Disabled People
- The Award for the Defence of the Human Rights of People Living with HIV/AIDS
- The Global Human Rights Defender