RAW in WAR Scholarship in human rights journalism to honour Natalia Estemirova
RAW in WAR is announcing the establishment of a scholarship, named after Natalia Estemirova, the first recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award, who was killed in July. The scholarship, will commemorate Natalia and honour her life, and will be awarded annually to a woman from war and conflict in the world to study human rights journalism in London. The scholarship in the name of Natalia Estemirova will be set up in cooperation with a top London University. The Guardian newspaper has offered an internship placement for the recipient.
Anna Politkovskaya Award 2009
One Million Signatures activists protest in 2006 at the start of the campaign. The sign reads ‘We condemn any kind of discrimination.
Wednesday 7 October marks the third anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the campaigning Russian journalist and outspoken government critic, who exposed the brutal treatment of civilians in Chechnya at the hands of both the Russian forces and the Moscow-supported Chechen officials. No closer to having her assassin brought to justice, three years on, the Russian authorities remain reluctant and show no political will to identify who ordered the killing and to see justice done.
To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder 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 in the world who, like Anna, stands up for the victims of this conflict, often at great personal risk. Anna lived a life of courage in the face of grave danger, just like her friend, colleague and first recipient of the Award, Natalia Estemirova, who was abducted and murdered on 15th July 2009. This year’s award ceremony also remembers Natasha, who was a truth-seeker with every fibre of her being.
RAW in WAR aims to support women
human rights defenders working in countries in war and conflict, and to
help end abuse and persecution against them, as well as to strengthen
their work in areas of conflict, or “forgotten conflict”, where there
is limited or no support from the major humanitarian agencies and
organisations. Mariana Katzarova founded RAW in WAR in
2006, after working as a journalist and human rights advocate in the
war zones of Bosnia, Kosovo and Chechnya, including 10 years as the
Russia Researcher for Amnesty International.
Today marks the third anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.Yesterday the human rights organisation Reach All Women in War presented the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, set up to recognise women defending human rights in zones of war and conflict, to the One Million Signatures Campaign for Equality in Iran. This group of women are risking their lives to collect signatures in support of a petition to change the laws which discriminate against women. Many have faced imprisonment, and torture and abuse in detention; they have been banned from travelling abroad and their lives have been in danger. But this has not stopped their determination to struggle for equality. They live a life of courage in the face of danger, just as Anna did.
In October 2007, we presented the first Anna Politkovskaya Award to Natalia Estemirova for her courage in seeking and telling the truth about the torture, disappearances and murders of civilians in the war in Chechnya.
We were outraged by the killing of Natalia on 15 July. Nobody has been
charged for this crime and two other humanitarian aid workers helping
children disabled by the war, Zarema Sadulayeva and her husband, Alek Dzabrailov, were abducted and killed in Chechnya on 10 August.
call again on the Russian government to bring to justice those who
killed Anna and Natalia and their colleagues in Chechnya, and to end
the killings of journalists and human rights defenders in the Russian
Federation. We also call on world leaders to take action to protect the
journalists and human rights defenders in areas of war and conflict. We
owe it to the memory of Anna and Natalia to protect those who still
speak out on behalf of those to whom nobody wants to listen.
Maguire, Betty Williams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Elena Bonner, Frank
Judd, Gillian Slovo, Azar Nafisi, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Eva Hoffman,
Vaclav Havel*, Susan Sarandon and 99 others , RAW in WAR
Iran today is
a country where women are more educated than their male compatriots;
more than 60% of university students are female, as are many university
professors. Iranian women obtained the right to vote and become members
of parliament half a century ago – earlier than women in Switzerland,
who achieved this right in 1971. Since that time at least a small
number have been present in Iran's parliament. Even the present
parliament, which is monopolised by hardliners, has 13 women members.
In governments, women have often held senior positions. Even the health
minister in Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's cabinet is a woman. All this is proof
that women have managed to rise within the ranks of the fundamentalists.
Leila Alikarami acceptance speech Anna Politkovskaya Award 2009
I am extremely pleased and
honoured to accept this years’ Anna Politkovskaya Award on behalf of the One
Million Signatures Campaign. This prize was inspired by a determined woman who
was guided by her principles: fairness, justice, and freedom. For this she paid with her life. This prize
is an important recognition of the struggle of Iranian women to achieve
equality. Today the world hears our
voice as we cry out for justice. As recipients of this prize, we Iranian women
are aware that, while honouring us, it also imposes responsibilities.