The Marsh Awards one year on

News - 24 January, 2018

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.

Building bridges: TEDxWhitehallWomen and the Marsh Award

News - 15 November, 2017

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!”

2017 Marsh Award for peacemaking and peacekeeping

News - 12 October, 2017

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.

The 2016 Marsh Award for Peacemaking and Peacekeeping

News - 16 November, 2016

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.

International Day of the Girl Child The power of the adolescent girl: vision for 2030

News - 11 October, 2015

Today we celebrate the International Day of the Girl Child. In its fourth year as an internationally recognised day dedicated to highlighting the challenges faced by young girls and adolescent women, today represents an important opportunity to raise awareness about the progress being made towards empowerment. Promoting women’s political and economic engagement: ambition for the […]

International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade

News - 25 March, 2015

Today marks the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a United Nations sponsored awareness day that offers the opportunity to honour those who suffered and died at the hands of the brutal slave trade. The International Day also aims at raising awareness about the dangers of racism […]

International Women’s Day 2015

News - 8 March, 2015

Despite originating in the early 20th century, the issues surrounding the conception of International Women’s Day (IWD) continue to face women around the world today. Current demands for equal payment, better working conditions, and reproductive rights are signs of women’s continuing struggle against gender discrimination. While some of the issues that dominated the international suffrage […]

International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

News - 6 February, 2015

Since 2013, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) on the 6th February has been a United Nations sponsored awareness day to promote the eradication of FGM, drawing the attention of decision makers, the media, the public, opinion leaders and local authorities to need to protect the human rights of girls […]

Girl Summit 2014

News - 22 July, 2014

The first event of its kind in the UK, Girl Summit 2014 takes place today. Co-hosted by the UK government and UNICEF, the summit is dedicated to confronting child, early and forced marriage (CEFM) and female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK and across the world. Led by Prime Minister David Cameron, Home Secretary Theresa […]