2017 Global Pluralism Award Finalists
In recognition of outstanding achievements to support more inclusive societies worldwide, the renowned international jury, selected 10 finalists for the inaugural 2017 Global Pluralism Award.
Alice Wairimu Nderitu | Kenya & Nigeria
Senior Advisor, Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue
Nderitu is a mediator that has also held leadership roles in civil society and the Kenyan government. She has engaged in mediation as a mechanism for conflict prevention in other African countries, most recently in Nigeria. As commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, she steered a 16-month peace process in Kenya’s Rift Valley. Her work has helped to reshape the gender aspects of peace processes within ethnic conflicts.
ATD Quart Monde | France
ATD Quart Monde is a large, non-profit organization founded in 1957 by people living in extreme poverty in the Noisy-le-Grand camp for the homeless near Paris. Since then, ATD Quart Monde works to empower marginalized Roma, migrant and refugee communities in the suburbs of France’s major cities, encouraging their full participation in society. ATD Quart Monde has chapters in other 5 countries, including Canada.
BeAnotherLab | Spain
BeAnotherLab is a collective working at the intersection of cognitive science, art, immersive media and social activism. Although coordinated from Spain, the collective works through “nodes” of collaboration in 11 other countries to replicate their practice, engage with local communities, and thus contribute to a common knowledge base. BeAnotherLab uses state of the art technology to put individuals in the shoes of others, fostering empathy and mutual understanding.
Daniel Webb | Australia
Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre
Mr. Webb is a lawyer that uses legal action, public advocacy, campaigning and United Nations engagement in order to protect and promote the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum and achieve systemic change. In 2016, he led a coalition of advocacy and campaigning organizations in a large public campaign seeking to prevent the return of almost 300 asylum seekers to Australia’s offshore detention centres in Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.
Fundación Construir | Bolivia
Fundación Construir is a medium-sized, non-profit organization that promotes dialogue between judicial authorities and indigenous peoples of Bolivia to foster a more inclusive vision of the law. It enables a shared recognition of both law systems and the development of a pluralist vision of law. Construir has also developed an “Indigenous Justice map” to illustrate the legal systems in ten ingenuous communities located in different cultural regions of Bolivia.
Hand Talk | Brazil
Hand Talk is a social enterprise founded in 2012 that aims to increase opportunities and independence for deaf individuals by providing access to information, education regarding new signs and a platform for communication. Hand Talk uses technology to offer automatic translation from spoken language into sign language. The aim is to provide deaf people in Brazil with more opportunities for education and to improve their level of inclusion in society.
Leyner Palacios Asprilla | Colombia
Founder, Committee for the Rights of Bojayá Victims
Mr. Palacios Asprilla is a social activist that founded the Committee for the Rights of Bojayá Victims with the objective of ensuring the rights and voices of all Colombians are respected and heard, including remote Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities living in areas that are only accessible by water. Mr. Palacios Asprilla represented Bojayá massacre victims during the peace negotiations between FARC and the government.
Sawa for Development and Aid | Lebanon
SDAID is a medium-sized, non-profit organization founded by Lebanese youth in 2011 in order to fill a gap in fulfilling the humanitarian needs of Syrian refuges. SDAID operates a free kitchen, employs around 50 refugees through cash-for-work programs and serves 16 tented settlements. Sawa also prepares Syrian children for public school entrance exams. All SDAID programs and initiatives are designed and implemented by refugees and aim to bring together refugees and the host Lebanese community.
Wapikoni | Canada
Wapikoni is a non-profit organization with a mobile filming studio that travels to remote Indigenous communities and teach marginalized Indigenous youth about filmmaking, giving them voice through audiovisual creation and distribution of their work. International exchanges have allowed the organization to establish the International Network for Aboriginal Audiovisual Creation, whose objective is to raise awareness among audiences, achieve social inclusion of indigenous persons and promote respect of indigenous rights through cinema.
Welcoming America | United States
Welcoming America is a large, non-profit organization with three offices in the U.S. that works to promote the inclusion of migrants and refugees in local communities. Welcoming America has pioneered an immigrant integration approach that helps communities develop policies and programs to ensure that immigrants can fully participate and access the opportunities of the community while also ensuring that the whole community is part of that solution.