Monday, October 14, 2013

Come and meet our extraordinary winners…

 Mamadú Sissé from Islamic Community of Tapada das Mercês and Mem Martins

This community association does extraordinary work to integrate Islamic people coming mainly from Western Africa into the territory of Tapada das Mercês in Portugal. It supports over 400 families by carrying out social and cultural activities such as after school activities for children, Portuguese lessons and trainings to develop personal, professional and social competences.

Grainne O’Toole from Migrants Rights Centre Ireland and Mohammad Younis, Migrant Leader

Migrants Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) works for justice, empowerment and equality for migrants and their families in Ireland. Mohammad Younis, a Pakistani national, became an MRCI migrant leader after experiencing exploitation in the workplace. Despite the risks he faced in speaking out as an undocumented worker, Mohammad Younis courageously campaigns to ensure justice and rights for all migrant workers in Ireland.

U Maung Maung from Federation of Trade Unions-Myanmar

 For over 20 years, Maung Maung has played an essential role in the survival – and now growth – of the trade union movement in Myanmar. In 2012, Maung Maung was in direct negotiations with the government which paved the return of the Federation of Trade Unions-Myanmar (FTUM) to Myanmar (from exile in Thailand). Now, there are laws in place providing a legal framework for trade union activity in Myanmar.

Guatemalan Indigenous Ixil Communities represented by Center for Human Rights Legal Action

The Center for Human Rights Legal Action (CALDH) has been a driving force in working for justice to be done and the truth to come out regarding the terrible abuses that the Guatemalan people faced during the internal armed conflict. Starting in 1960, it lasted 36 years and caused more than 200,000 deaths and disappearances of civilians according to the UN. Notably, CALDH has supported the Ixil communities in pressing charges against former General Efrain Rios Montt (in power from 1982-83) for genocide and crimes against humanity.

Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett

 Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett are advocating to reduce income inequality in order to improve the quality of life. Through analysis and dissemination of the latest research and robust evidence-based arguments (notably with the book “The Spirit Level”) associating various issues such as health issues, crime and teenage problems with social justice, they conclude that the less the differences between poor and rich, the greater the benefits for the entire society.

Register your attendance If you have not done so yet, register your attendance at this year’s Silver Rose Awards ceremony taking place in the European Parliament (room ASP 3G3) on 16 October from 6.30-8pm, followed by a reception.

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