15 July marks the 10th anniversary of the murder of Chechen human rights activist and freelance journalist, Natalia Estemirova, the first winner of the first annual #RAWinWAR Anna Politkovskaya Award in 2007. 10-Years on Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates and Anna Politkovskaya Award winners call for justice for Natalia.


To support female human rights defenders working in countries where there is war and conflict and help to end the abuse and persecution against them.

To work directly with women who are active in their communities in order to strengthen and enable their work on behalf of women and girl victims of conflict.

To carry out its work in areas of conflict, or "forgotten conflict", where there is limited or no support from the major humanitarian agencies and organisations.

To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on 7th October 2006, and to honour Anna and other women like her in the world, RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) annually presents the Anna Politkovskaya Award to a woman human rights defender from a conflict zone who, like Anna, stands up for the victims of conflict, often at great personal risk. Anna lived a life of courage and truth-telling in the face of grave danger, just like her friend and the first recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award, Natalia Estemirova, who was murdered on 15 July 2009.

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