It has been a year since Dr Rouba Mhaissen, Founder and Director of SAWA for Development and Aid, was presented with a Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. In this short video, Rouba gives an update on her work in Beirut helping to provide relief, education, medical assistance and livelihoods for Syrians displaced by the civil war.
Kirsty Cockburn, Director of Policy and External Affairs, writes: On a crisp sunlit Friday morning earlier this month, we gathered at Tower Bridge for TEDxWhitehallWomen ‘on board’ the stone frigate HMS President. Under the theme of ‘Bridges’ we were buoyed with anticipation for the day ahead. Meanwhile, just down the river, Westminster had woken up with a shudder. The rolling news highlighted suspensions and accusations about inappropriate behaviour largely directed towards women. The issue, from Hollywood to Cricklewood, deemed endemic, and finally, it seemed, an ugly truth about inequality was being exposed. At TEDx the ebullient host Shola Mos-Shogbamimu captured the mood from the off, getting us on our feet and of one voice: “What do we want? Change! When do we want it? Now!”
The annual Marsh Award is presented to participants nominated for having made an impactful contribution to peacemaking and peacekeeping. Nominations from Wilton Park staff are shortlisted by members of the Wilton Park Advisory Council, and Brian Marsh, founder of the Marsh Christian Trust (MCT) makes the final selection. The winners receive a financial award from the MCT to help further their work and a certificate signed by both the Chairman of Wilton Park and Brian Marsh.
We began 2017 with a forward looking discussion in the latest of our annual series of human rights roundtables. This year’s topic was The future of human rights in a multi-polar world: exploring opportunities for further engagement, recognising the continued diffusion of power and influence on a global scale.
On Sunday 13 November 2016 we hosted the third presentation of The Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping. This year’s recipient, Dr Rouba Mhaissen, is a Lebanese-Syrian and the Founder and Director of Sawa for Development and Aid, a non-profit organisation that supports Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and Sawa Foundation UK which supports forced migrants in Europe and the Middle East.
Protecting children from violence: safeguarding children’s rights through better prevention and response
By the end of this year, we will have had the pleasure of meeting a number of participants who are focused on understanding and tackling the issues and challenges faced by children globally.
2015 Marsh Award for ‘Innovation in peacemaking and peacekeeping’ presented to gender based violence adviser
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