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2011 Women, Power, and Peace Awards

Annually we honor extraordinary women and men on the frontlines of peacebuilding with the Women, Power, and Peace Awards. This year’s ceremony was held on December 5th in Washington, DC.  Thank you to everyone who attended!

We are pleased to announce the 2011 Award Winners!


Peace Media Award

The Peace Media Award honors a publication, video, radio or television program, investigative reporter, or Internet organization that uses the power of media to inform and inspire civil society to help build cultures of peace.

Laura Boushnak

Awardee: Laura Boushnak

Laura Boushnak, an award winning Palesinian photographer, currently focusing on Arab women and education across the Middle East, has been selected to receive our Peace Media Award. The Peace Media award honors a publication, video, radio or television program, investigative reporter, journalist, or Internet organization that uses the power of media to inform and inspire civil society to build cultures of peace.

Read more about Laura.

Peace Philanthropy Award

Global Fund for Women

The Peace Philanthropy Award honors a person or organization that has contributed generous funds over time to address the needs of women and to support women’s work in developing cultures of peace.

Awardee: Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women has been selected to receive the 2011 Peace Philanthropy Award because of their leadership role in advancing women’s rights by making grants that support and strengthen women’s groups around the world.

Read more about Global Fund for Women.

Patricia Smith Peacebuilder Award

Louise Diamond

The Patricia Smith Melton Peace Builder Award honors a person or organization that builds cultures of peace not only through their daily work, but also inspires, organizes, and leads others to create a just and harmonious world.

Awardee: Louise Diamond

For 40 years Louise Diamond has worked extensively on issues relating to development, conflict prevention and transformation, diversity, leadership, education, youth, business, non-profits, media, health, and more.In 1992, Ms. Diamond co-founded (with Ambassador John McDonald) The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) in Washington, D.C.   In 2004, Ms. Diamond founded The Peace Company, seeking to show that peace is good business and to bridge the gap between the non-profit and for-profit worlds.  During this time, she continued to provided training and consulting nationally and globally, and wrote The Peace Book: 108 Simple Ways to Make a More Peaceful World, which has sold close to 100,000 copies. In 2008, Ms. Diamond founded Global Systems Initiatives, where she brings a transformative whole systems perspective on complex global issues to the policy community.

Read more about Louise.

Connection Point Award

Sahar Taman

Our Connection Point Award honors a person or organization that has built dialogue and understanding between Arab, Muslim, and Western women, or within their community, to achieve harmony across cultures. We selected you because of your work in the fields of cultural diplomacy, US-Muslim relations, including bridging Muslim and American religious leaders, and bringing these important issues into the media.

Awardee: Sahar Taman

Sahar Taman is a co-founder of Journeys to Understanding, a nonprofit organization dedicated to opening windows of understanding between peoples of the world through immersion journeys.  She received the 2010 National Award for Citizen Diplomacy from the U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy for her work in US- Muslim relations. Sahar directed the Religion and Society Dialogue Program at the National Peace Foundation where she developed the program to foster a dialogue between Muslims from the Arabic-speaking Middle East, and American religious communities of all faiths, through immersion journeys focused on the study of the many “places of religion” in both American and Arab societies. She led study tours in the U.S. and the Arab world with over 70 American and international delegates; scholars, religious practitioners, activists, journalists and others all. Sahar developed a network of hundreds of hosts, guests, speakers, and facilitators and volunteers through churches, synagogues, mosques, forums, debates, social experiences, government meetings, and workshops both in the US and abroad. She is the editor of Reflections and Experiences of Religion and Society; 2010, a compendium of essays from writers who describe their personal transformation from interfaith experiences.

She has previously worked at the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. She is on the Charitable Giving Committee which manages the Trust of the Islamic Society of Northern Wisconsin and the board of the Bosnian American Genocide Institute and Education Center.

Read more about Sahar.

Community Peacebuilder Award

The Community Peacebuilder Award honors a person or organization that builds cultures of peace at a community level. This peacebuilder is responsible for spearheading activities that promote a peaceful, just, equitable, and healthy community, and inspires others to do the same.

The women of S.A.R.A.H.

Awardee: S.A.R.A.H.

The Spiritual and Religious Alliance for Hope, known as S.A.R.A.H., is composed of interfaith women committed to making a difference in their communities. They recognize that collaboration is essential to creating miracles and empowering their communities to make a real difference towards peace and understanding. They host dialogues, organize community service, hold panel discussions, and invite guest speakers. Members meet to discuss and expand their experiences of women’s spirituality in the home, community, and the world. Through these practices members seek to learn about one another’s cultural and spiritual foundations in order to enrich our own lives, and together improve our communities.


Generation Peace

The Generation Peace Award is a brand new award to be given at this year’s Women, Power, and Peace event to a young person who is making a difference by advancing the cause of peace.  This award will be given to someone between 18 and 30 who promotes and facilitates peacebuilding for a younger generation.  This includes the use of social media, on-the-ground work, and other avenues to produce measurable impact.

Awardee: Claire Naylor

Through her organization, Women LEAD, Claire Naylor equips young equips young women in Nepal (where she grew up) with the skills, knowledge, support, and resources necessary to create and build their own vision of a peaceful, equitable, and inclusive society. By recognizing and deeply investing in the potential of young change-makers, she empowers dynamic leaders to challenge existing inequalities and transform unjust structures in their communities. She crafted a leadership, entrepreneurship and advocacy development curriculum for girls tailored to Nepal’s post- conflict setting. She has pursued a career in social justice from a young age, from her time as an Americorps Jumpstart member in college to her internships at the International Rescue Committee and at SASANE, an anti-trafficking organization in Nepal where she documented trends in human trafficking by conducting original, nationwide research.

Read more about Claire.


3 Comments to “2011 Women, Power, and Peace Awards”
  1. Onni Milne says:

    Thank you to all the women honoured above. Thank you to all those behind the scenes supporting their efforts to promote peace in this troubled world. I hope that, one day, I will be able to say ‘PEACE’ and it will exist everywhere. The reason it doesn’t exist so at this time is because people and corporations profit from the conflicts. I hope that, in my lifetime, the world will see that the benefits of peace far outway the profits of war.


    Great to hear who the winners are. women are impacting greatly on peace issues today.Most amazing, is the fact that even in areas where women were silenced by cultural and religious inhibitions, the gates are now gradually opening. We sincerely rejoice with the winners and wishing them more strength in the work ahead. As a man i have always and will always advocate the role of women in peace building as one best tool for sustainable peace in the World.

  3. Congratulations Sisters All!

    My heart expands with pride and gratitude for each of you. Thank you for your passion, service, vision, and sense of the need for women to connect in order to grow.

    The future needs each of us to grow our courage and embody our visions and voices.
    Each of you is a way shower.
    Many blessings,
    Rosalie deer Heart

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