On April 16 in Berlin, the Roland Berger Foundation presented the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award for the fith time in a row. The Award went to the Indian NGO Jagori, to the Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Dr. Asma Jahangir and to the Afghan Women's Network. The Roland Berger Foundation visited the award winners in their home countries.
President of the German Bundestag, Dr. Norbert Lammert, today presents the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2012/13 to three human rights activists: Indian women's rights organization Jagori, Pakistani lawyer and women's rights activist Dr. Asma Jahangir, and the Afghan Women's Network. In addition, the Jewish Museum Berlin is receiving the first Roland Berger Honorary Human Dignity Award. Germany's Federal Minister of Finance Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble will give a speech in honor of the Museum.
Munich/Berlin, April 16, 2013: President of the German Bundestag, Dr. Norbert Lammert, opened the fifth ceremony for the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award with a speech on human dignity and human rights. His speech was followed by a panel discussion on women's rights in a globalized world. The high-caliber panel included Christine Lüders, Director of the Federal Anti-Discrimination Agency, and Tom Koenigs, the Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid.
The Jewish Museum Berlin is the largest Jewish museum in Europe and a central point for remembering, discussing, researching and integrating Jewish-German life. It documents over 2,000 years of German-Jewish history, and has welcomed more than seven million visitors since it opened in 2001. The spectacular postmodern buildings by American architect Daniel Libeskind have also contributed to the museum's success. Its mission is to enlighten visitors about anti-Semitism and intolerance.
"Wake up, women!" is how the name of the Indian organization Jagori translates. It has shaped the women's rights movement in India for nearly 30 years. Based in India's capital New Delhi, the organization's 19 female staff use sophisticated PR techniques to give women in India a voice and make lasting improvements to women's position in Indian society. The action they take includes campaigns, publications, the protection of women's rights and gender equality, training courses, workshops and advice for women and girls who are victims of sexual harassment and violence. Jagori aims to reach out to women throughout the country and mobilize them to stand up for their rights.
Dr. Asma Jahangir is a well-known Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist. For over 30 years, she has campaigned for human rights in Pakistan as a tireless critic of the military regime and religious extremists. She is among the most important voices for women's rights in her society.
The Afghan Women's Network (AWN) is the largest women's network in Afghanistan. With over 110 member organizations and 5,000 women, the Network fights for the rights of women and children in Afghanistan. Human rights champion Afifa Azim and several other exiled activists in Pakistan founded the Network in 1995 following the UN's Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The Network's vision is an Afghanistan in which women, children and men enjoy equal rights and women's contributions to society are respected and honored.
On Valentine's Day in 2000, 17-year-old Lilia Alejandra García Andrade was abducted while on her way home from work in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. She was later found after having been brutally raped, tortured and killed. The murderer was supposedly never found. Sadly, Lilia's fate has been shared by hundreds of girls and young women to date in and around Ciudad Juárez, a major city in the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua.
As one of Turkey's leading feminists, Pinar Ilkkaracan has been shaping the women's movement for more than 20 years now. Her organization, "Women for Women's Human Rights – New Ways" (WWHR), played a major role in reforming the Turkish penal code in 2004. She lobbies for gender equality and sexual liberty both inside and outside her homeland.
Verena Berger, Roland Berger Stiftung · 09.04.2013
The Iranian human rights activist Shadi Sadr knows all about jail conditions in her country. The 38-year-old lawyer has herself been detained many times in Evin, a jail for political prisoners. Blindfolded, Sadr was repeatedly forced to answer questions from her male jailers about her involvement in the country's women's movement, and about her travel, campaigns and contacts, particularly those abroad. She was released on bail, but her organization, RAAHI, which campaigns for women's rights, was outlawed.
She was a refugee, a Hazara woman and therefore part of the most persecuted minority in Afghanistan. Her husband went missing and never returned. In a country ravaged by more than three decades of war, Taliban rule and violation of women's rights, Sima Samar became a doctor, Afghanistan's first Minister of Women's Affairs and one of the country's most prominent human rights advocates.