Today marks the seventh anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya. To date, thekillers and those who ordered her murder have still not been brought to justice.
We the undersigned are supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in War). On Friday 4 October, we presented the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award, set up to recognise women defending human rights in zones of war and conflict, often at great personal risk, to Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan), the brave 16-year-old girl, who was shot by the Taliban on 9 October last year for campaigning for education for girls, which is banned by the Taliban.
Malala Yousafzai (Pakistan): Winner of the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award
On Friday 4th October 2013 in London, 16 year old Malala Yousafzai accepted the award from 104 year old human rights defender, Sir Nicholas Winton, known as “the British Schindler”
RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) celebrates the courageous and inspiring work of Malala Yousafzai, the brave young woman from Pakistan who has courageously spoken out about the right of every girl and every boy around the world to receive an education. Defying the strict ban imposed by the Taliban on girls attending school, she refused to be silenced in the face of grave danger, just like Anna Politkovskaya did. Malala Yousafzai was only 15 years-old when she was shot by the Taliban on 9 October last year for campaigning for education for girls.
Ahead of the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on Monday 7th October RAW in WAR honours Malala with the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award for her courage to speak out when nobody else dared, for her strength to give a voice to the many women and girls, whose voices cannot be heard, and for her passionate belief in promoting education for girls.
On accepting the award Malala Yousafzai said:
“Anna Politkovskaya was a dedicated journalist and human rights activist. She campaigned passionately about issues, which concerned her. She spoke out about causes, which other people dared not speak about. She was brave and an inspiration. I am extremely proud to have been chosen to receive an award, which bears Anna’s name and hope that I may be as brave as she was. I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality, and to humanity.”
VIDEO: Anna Politkovskaya - Anna Politkovskaya Award 2013
The RAW in WAR Nominations Committee for the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award was deeply humbled by the bravery and courage of Malala and by the determination with which she continues her campaign for education for girls, despite the threats she faces. She lives a life of courage and truth-telling in the face of grave danger, as Anna did.
On Malala receiving the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award, Lord Frank Judd, a member of the 2013 Award Nominations Committee, said:
”I am convinced that Anna would have been delighted. The courage and effectiveness of Anna and Malala are a huge challenge to us all.”
Anna Politkovskaya was a journalist in her forties, when she wrote against human rights abuses; Malala is only 16 and still continuing her education. However, like Anna, Malala believes that a pen is a powerful weapon and that education can stop people from falling for ideologies of hatred and violence. Like Anna Politkovskaya, Malala did not call for violence or revenge against those, who attacked her. Compassion, tolerance and remaining peaceful were principles that Anna held high in her life.
Malala Yousafzai accepted the award in person at the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award ceremony at the Southbank Centre, Purcell Room, Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The award was presented by the “British Schindler”, 104 year old Sir Nicholas Winton, who in 1939 organized the escue and saved the lives of 669 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, on the eve of the Second World War. Malala and Sir Nicholas are also the youngest and the oldest persons ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2013.
On presenting the award to Malala, Sir Nicholas Winton said:
“It’s a great pleasure to give this award to someone like Malala, who is so young and yet who is striving to make the world a better, more ethical place.”
Photos: Jenny Matthews for RAW in WAR
VIDEO: Malala Yousafzai: 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner video
VIDEO: Sir Nicholas Winton - 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award
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.