Elena Kudimova's speech at the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award
Ladies and gentlemen: good evening!
We are here tonight in this magnificent place surrounded by a large number of courageous women. It is a tremendous privilege. Andit is important that this event focuses specifically on the courage of women. Courage is very often associated with physical strength. And as men are stronger, the courage that women display daily in many ways is overlooked.
This can range from taking physical risks as surgeons or nurses in the front line of conflicts; caring for a large family; or a disabled child with little help or financial support. This courage can make a difference to the lives of us all, not merely for what it achieves but also the example it sets and the inspiration it evokes. As Winston Churchill said: "Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all others".
By AFP (Story from Express Tribune/Internation Herald Tribune)
LONDON: Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ schooling, added another award to a growing list on Friday.
She was given the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award, named after the Russian investigative journalist who was shot dead seven years ago next Monday.
Malala is also among the favourites for the Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced on October 11.
The 16-year-old was presented with the award in London and said she hoped she could be “as brave as (Politkovskaya) was”.
“I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality, and to humanity,” Malala added.
The award was presented by the so-called “British Schindler”, Nicholas Winton, now 104, who in 1939 saved the lives of more than 600 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia as World War II was about to start.
As well as being a frontrunner for the Nobel, Malala has also been shortlisted for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.
Malala was flown to Birmingham in central England following the shooting, where surgeons have rebuilt her skull.
She attends school in the city, which has a substantial population of Pakistani heritage.
Her autobiography, “I Am Malala” is published in Britain and the United States on Tuesday, the eve of the anniversary of the attack on her as she travelled in a school bus.
RAW in WAR promotes women who have defended human rights. Last year’s winner was Marie Colvin, the journalist with British newspaper The Sunday Times, who was killed covering the Syrian conflict.
RAW in WAR and Badac Theatre Company presents "ANNA"
To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya's murder on the 7th of October, RAW in WAR and BADAC Theatre Company will be staging a special production of 'Anna', a play by Badac theatre company about the life and work of Anna Politkovskaya.
Set in and around a lift, the location of her murder, the production will focus on Anna's exposure of the human rights abuses that were committed during the second Russian/Chechan war, the reaction of the Russian government to those abuses and the public response to the events, both in Chechnya and Russia, that Anna reported on. Included will be her highlighting of the plight of 'The Disappeared' within Chechnya, the Moscow theatre siege and its aftermath and the testimony of the victims that she wrote so passionately about.
It will aim to be an intense study of one woman's struggle to highlight, and bring to the attention of the world, the plight of the forgotten victims of war and persecution.
The evening will conclude with an audience Q&A with the Badac cast and director of 'Anna', as well as Mariana Katzarova, founder of RAW in WAR, to discuss the play and Anna's work.
Please join us for an opportunity to celebrate the life and work of Anna Politkovskaya on the anniversary of her murder.
Tickets for the play are priced at £10.
Please join us at 19.00 for drinks at the bar, followed by the performance at 20.00.
Today 4 years ago, on 15 July 2009, Natalia Estemirova was abducted and murdered in Chechnya. For us at RAW in WAR this is a day to remember a dear friend and a colleague human rights defender, and to send our condolences to her family.
Natalia's selfless work to end human rights violations and to seek justice for the crimes
committed in Chechnya, continue to inspire us.Natalia
Estemirova fought against injustice and exposed the truth about
atrocities in Chechnya. For this she paid with her life. Her work on
behalf of the victims of the war in Chechnya, her condemnation of abuses
against the Chechen people and her commitment to sharing the truth despite the
danger to her life, are an example of true human spirit.We at
RAW in WAR are honoured
that Natalia Estemirova was the first recipient of the RAW in WAR Anna
Politkovskaya Award in 2007.
also a day
to call again for justice for Natalia’s murder. Four
years on, the investigation into her killing is not progressing. Despite
repeated assurances by the Russian authorities to investigate all leads into
her murder and despite a considerable amount of evidence and witness
statements, which could help to identify the perpetrators, the investigation is
not moving forward. In addition, human rights defenders in Chechnya and
elsewhere in the Russian Federation are increasingly accused of being
"foreign agents", “unpatriotic” and they are presented as “making
money from other people’s misery”. Regrettably, this campaign of intimidation
against human rights defenders, steered by the government, does give us little
reason to hope that the authorities will protect human rights defenders and
ensure justice for crimes committed against them.
To honour our friend and
colleague, we at RAW in WAR continue to call for justice for Natalia and for
those who killed her and those who ordered her killing to be brought to
justice. We continue to call on the Russian government to stop
the campaign against human rights defenders and to support their work in the
name of Natalia Estemirova, Anna Politkovskaya and others like them, who lost
their lives while defending human rights.
We will continue to re-print our open letter
from 15 July 2009, the day Natalia was abducted and killed, until justice is
Join in support and add
your voice for justice by signing the petition and adding a comment on RAW in
WAR’s Facebook page.
Anna's Song by Lorraine Jordan, live at the RAW in WAR Benefit
Tribute to Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya - assassinated 7th Oct 2006 by singer/songwriter Lorraine Jordan. Performed at the Roundhouse Studio Theatre, London, 15 March 2013 at the RAW in WAR Benefit.
Lorraine Jordan with Steve Fletcher (piano), Mike Laversuch (bass), Yogi Jockusch (percussion), Francesca Rogerson (violin), Eve Polycarpou and Sarah Pritchard (backing vocals). Words and music by Lorraine Jordan.
To find out more about RAW in WAR's annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, including previous winners click here.
Lorraine Jordan is a highly acclaimed singer/songwriter (born in Wales to Irish parents), with four albums and a new album to be released later this year. She tours Europe regularly and recently performed at the Roundhouse in London, at a special gig, with profits from the gig going to RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) www.rawinwar.org.
Many would remember Lorraine's amazing performance at the 2008 Anna Politkovskaya Award ceremony at the Frontline Club, when we honoured the courageous Afghan parliamentarian, Malalai Joya. Most recently, Lorraine Jordan supported RAW by helping us to make the 2012 Anna Politkovskaya Award film in honour of Marie Colvin, the London Times' journalist killed in Syria.
To listen to more of Lorraine's music go to: www.lorrainejordan.net