WILPF Peacewomen Award 2013 for Olivera Simic
The Peacewomen Awards recognise women as peace builders and celebrate the work they do. Organised by the Queensland branch of Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), the celebrations have run successfully since 2010.
“The calibre of the nominees has been most impressive”, convenor Vikki Henry said.
“As well as leading activists in the peace movement, they include professional women who use their skills to further humanitarian causes and environmental sustainability and women who work quietly behind the scenes building resilient communities.”
Among this year’s awardees are Professor Aila Keto, founder of the Australia Rainforest Conservation Society, Professor Marianne Hanson, an expert on arms control and disarmament, and Ravina Waldren, a coordinator at the Murri Ministry in Woolloongabba.
Furthermore, Peacewomen awards will be presented to Heather Millhouse for her teachings of non-violent conflict resolution in the local community, to historian Dr Ros Kidd for advocating justice for Aboriginal people, and to Dr Olivera Simic, for her scholarship on gender issues in conflict situations.
The Peacewomen Awards are held each year around the 28th of April, the anniversary of WILPF, and have been an outstanding success. “Those who attended in the past report that they were inspired and uplifted by the diverse qualities of these wonderful women,” Vikki Henry said.
The overall theme for the 2013 celebrations is Transformation. “I think that each of our awardees is engaged in the act of transformation of attitudes and behaviours”, Vikki Henry said and continued by quoting Stanislav Grof: “In the kind of world we have today, transformation of humanity might well be our only real hope for survival".
This year’s guest speaker is Joanne Crawford of the International Women’s Development Agency.