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Lyse Doucet the Master of Ceremonies for the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award is joined by RAW Founder Mariana Katzarova. 

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                           World famous percusionist Dame Evelyn Glennie opens the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award  

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 Badac Theatre Company perform an extract of "Anna" a play about  the life of Anna Politkovskaya

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Elena Kudimova, sister of Anna Politkovskaya and Mariana Katzarova, founder of RAW in WAR share memories of Anna 

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Singer/Songwriter Lorraine Jordan sings 'Anna' - a song dedicated to Anna Politkovskaya  

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Left: 'Disarm' by Pedro Reyes is performed by Alison Blunt, Rupert Clervaux, John Coxon, Charles Hayward and Ashley Wales using instruments that are made from decommissioned guns.

Right: Gidon Kremer's video address for the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award. 

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Sir Nicholas Winton, Guest of Honor at the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award and presenter of the award to the 2013 recipient  

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Winner of the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award, Malala Yousafzai is presented the award by Sir Nicholas Winton 
 
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Malala Yousafzai, winner of the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award 
 
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Malala Yousafzai addresses the audience at the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award 
 
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Sir Nicholas Winton and Malala Yousafzai are joined by RAW founder Mariana Katzarova 
 
Elena Kudimova's speech at the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

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.  And it 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".

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Elena Kudimova - 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

4th October 2013 

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.  And it 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".

My sister, Anna Politkovskaya's special kind of courage was displayed in the field of journalism.  And that was not only the courage to risk the bullying, the attacks on reputation, and general antagonism that goes with writing uncomfortable truths about prominent or powerful people.  It was the courage to confront the grave risk of severe physical harm that can result from high profile investigatory journalism in Russia.  She paid for that courage with her life.  Seven years ago this month an unidentified killer silenced her writings forever by shooting her through the brain and the heart.  This was not a random killing: it was the work of a professional.

But let no one think that this cold, brutal act wiped out Anna's spirit or her contribution to humanity.  As time passes, more and more people become aware of what Anna achieved through her determined fearlessness in the cause of freedom.

Anna was the most amazing person.  To me she wasn't a journalist.  She was my sister and my friend.  She was a loving mother, daughter and wife.  As well as having a ferocious intelligence she was intensely passionate about everything she did.  That made her fascinating to talk to on absolutely any subject, whether it was the origins and future of Russian democracy or the roses she had planted at her country house.  I think everyone who met her was touched by the spirituality which somehow made her seem unsullied by life, or even death.

Some time before she died she was asked by her literary agent to write her biography.  That made her laugh: she was only in her 40s and didn't feel old enough.  Finally she agreed to write just five short chapters.  Each would record an incident where she ought to have died but miraculously survived.  I think, perhaps, that when you face death so often you learn both to laugh at it, but also to appreciate life more fully and live it more intensely.  It shows Anna's zest for life that she intended to write each chapter as a funny detective story. 

We are still coping with the aftermath of Anna's death.  On Monday I shall be in Moscow at the unveiling of a memorial plaque on the building wall of her publisher, Novaya Gazeta.  It took Anna's colleagues seven years to achieve that gesture.  But in seven years no one has been brought to justice for her murder.  At the moment we are in the midst of a second trial which is still dragging on.  Yet we remain optimistic that it will identify some of those responsible, and are enormously grateful for the huge efforts which the prosecutors made over the last four years to help us to see justice done.

Anna can no longer write.  But her lifetime work lives on.  And much more than that, she continues to be an inspiration to all who value freedom.  It is her spirit, and of others like her, that will ensure that liberty will always strive to prevail over corruption and brutality.  She is the true embodiment of women's courage. This award in the name of Anna keeps her memory alive and supports the courage of women journalists and bloggers and activists to speak the truth, like her.

Thank you.

 

 
Malala Yousafzai Speech accepting the 2013 Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

October 4th 2013 

Dear friends, honoured guests, High Commissioner, I am moved beyond words to be honoured with this great award.

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. She was an inspiration.

I have been very fortunate over recent months to have been given a number of awards from different organisations all over the world. Each one has been extremely special to me in its own way. I am particularly proud to have been chosen to receive an award which bears Anna’s name. I hope that I and many other women may be as brave as she was.

I greatly admire Anna’s dedication to truth, to equality, and to humanity. She was a champion for many people who were not able to stand up for themselves. Her desire to help others is a cause to which I dedicate myself.

As a campaigner and a social activist, I am fighting for the rights of half of society, women, and of girls, to be educated, so that we prosper as a global community. This makes sense to me.  The lack of educational opportunities for millions of women around the world has many different causes:

Cultural opposition;

Poverty;

Fear;

Terrorism and violence;

and – all too often – war and conflict.

We should be alarmed that in the 21st Century it is now more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier in conflict.  This war that is being waged against women, these women who are our mothers, our sisters, and our daughters, needs to cease, and it needs to cease now. 

The only way this can and will be achieved is through recognizing the impact of conflict on WOMEN and GIRLS and by ensuring WOMEN and girls are critical to the peace building process.  Let us not forget about UN Resolution 1325. 

In awarding me this prize, you are helping to bring awareness to the world of my cause to which I have dedicated myself. Nothing is more important to me than campaigning for the right to an education. Equipping our women and girls with the tool of knowledge that they need to survive the dangerous terrain upon which they tread, from the very moment they enter this world.  Let us grow our army of foot soldiers to fight our jihad through unity, peace, and prosperity. 

This is the only way we can bring about true harmony in our world today. An eye for an eye only makes the whole world blind. 

So, I would like to accept this award on behalf of all of the women and girls in the world who are standing up for their rights against a backdrop of violence and intimidation. This is for you my sisters. 

Individually they do not have a voice. Collectively, and through events such as this one tonight, we may draw attention to their struggle and we may prevail. With the help of others, every girl in the world should have the opportunity to go to school. It is their right.

I am just one girl who fought for my right to go to school. Not with guns and bombs – but with my pens and my books. Ultimately, pens and books will win out over guns and bombs. Knowledge will always defeat ignorance. Hope will conquer fear.

I was extremely lucky. My family believes in education. My father has campaigned for girls rights for many years and he has always supported me in my desire to campaign for education for all children.

Others are not so fortunate. Children across the globe are imprisoned by poverty, by fear, by violence or by cultural opposition. It is for them that I continue my campaign.

In the United Kingdom, where I go to school now, education is something which is taken entirely for granted. Going to class is a completely normal and expected part of growing up. I want to live in a world where education is taken similarly for granted in every corner of the globe because no-one is excluded from it.

In many parts of the world there is little justice for children - but girls suffer most greatly. The facts are well-known:

Eighty per cent of all human trafficking victims are girls.

In a single year, an estimated 150 million girls are victims of sexual violence.

Seventy per cent of the world’s 1.4 billion poor are women and girls.

We must work together to ensure that girls are protected, respected and helped to flourish.

So, my goal is education for all of the children of the world whatever their colour, their religion, their social status or their gender.

The basic right to an education should be denied to no-one.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am fortunate that people are aware of who I am because it enables me to campaign on these issues, about which I am so passionate. I have been shown great kindness. I am extremely fortunate. Many other people, no less deserving than me, have done great things to further the cause of education. They are unsung heroes.

So, I accept this award for them. I share this award with them.

The challenges may be great but – working together – I know that we will succeed. The legacy of Anna may be the bravery which she showed, and which has helped so many other people to find bravery in themselves also.

As we approach the seventh anniversary of Anna’s death let us remember a brave lady, who worked tirelessly to help others and who stood for the values of peace and humanity. It is these values which we all share – and which we celebrate in her memory.

Thank you.           
 
Remembering Anna Politkovskaya PDF E-mail
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The winner of the 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award is RAZAN ZAITOUNEH from SYRIA PDF E-mail

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About the Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail

Image 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 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 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.

Anna Politkovskaya,  the campaigning Russian journalist and outspoken govern­ment critic, 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, years on, the Russian authorities remain reluctant and show no political will to identify who ordered the killing and to see justice done.

 

 

 

 

 

Previous winners of the Anna Politkovskaya Award::

2007 - Natalia Estemirova (Russian Federation/Chechnya)

2008 - Malalai Joya (Afghanistan)

2009 - 1 Million Signatures Campaign, award accepted by Leila Alikarami (Iran)

2010 - Dr Halima Bashir (Darfur/Sudan)

 

The 2011 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner will be announced in London, UK, on 7th October 2011. More details to follow soon.

 
Dr Halima Bashir wins 2010 Anna Politkovskaya Award PDF E-mail
The winner of RAW in WAR’s fourth annual Anna Politkovskaya Award is Dr. Halima Bashir from Darfur (Sudan).
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