Dear friends, Today marks Human Rights Day! Today PDHRE's founder and director, Shulamith Koenig, will be one of the five recipients of the UN Human Rights Prize -- this deserves special attention as it is important for all who work in human rights education towards social change! It is the first time that this UN prize is given to a human rights educator. The President of the Un General Assembly has announced on the 2nd of December the five recipients of the UN Human Rights Prize. This award has been given to five people every five years, since 1968. Ms. Enriqueta Estela Barnes de Carlotto (President of the Asociación Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo), the Mano River Women's Peace Network (MARWOPNET, West Africa), Mr. Pufang Deng (founder and director of the China Disabled Persons' Federation), the Family Protection Project Management Team (Jordan) and Shulamith Koenig. (During the years earlier recipients of the human rights UN prize included, Eleanor Roosevelt, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, Jimmy Carter, James Grant and many wonderful people who have advanced the cause of human rights around the world - the full list can be found on the UN website: http://www.un.org/events/humanrights/) Ms. Koenig of the United States is the Executive Director of PDHRE, the People's Movement for Human Rights, which she had founded in 1988 with the goal of creating a global human rights culture. To that end, Ms. Koenig had - advocated global action at the community level for societal change through human rights education for social and economic transformation with a gender perspective, as relevant to people's daily lives. - worked tirelessly and successfully to have the UN declare a Decade for Human rights educations ; and - to support the Decade organized consultations and workshops on human rights education as a strategy for human, social and economic development with educators, human rights advocates and community leaders in more than 60 countries; - these for the purpose of developing critical thinking about political, civil, economic, social and cultural concerns within a human rights framework that leads to action for social justice. - initiated the "Human Rights Cities"project, which is supported by the United Nations Development Programme as a three-year global programme to develop 30 human rights cities and train 500 young community leaders as human rights educators to strengthen the holistic vision of human rights as a way of life, involve civil society in promoting human rights and strengthen democracy as a delivery system for human rights. For more information see: www.pdhre.org ======== Global Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <email@example.com>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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