2016 Right Livelihood Award winners announced

Q.  Which award is widely referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize?
- Published on 26 Sep 16

a. Ramon Magsaysay Award
b. Right Livelihood Award
c. Sakahrov Prize
d. None of the above

ANSWER: Right Livelihood Award
2016 Right Livelihood Award winners announcedThe 2016 Right Livelihood Award is widely called the Alternative Nobel Prize. It was announced on 22nd Sept 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden. Laureates of the Right Livelihood Award this year include:

i. Syria Civil Defence/ The White Helmets
ii. Egypt’s Mozn Hassan and Nazra for Feminist Studies
iii. Russia’s Svetlana Gannushkina
iv. Turkish daily Cumhuriyet
  • The laureates will share the USD 350,000 dollar prize
  • The White Helmets for Syria were awarded for their bravery, compassion and humanitarianism in rescuing citizens in Syria from the civil war there
  • This marks the first time a Right Livelihood Award was worn by Syrians
  • Mozn Hassan and Nazra for Feminist Studies from Egypt won the award for studying and asserting equality/rights of women in circumstances where they are subjected to violence, discrimination and abuse
  • Russia’s Svetlana Gannushkina was awarded for her decades long commitment to promoting human rights and justice for refugees and forced migrants as well as tolerance among different ethnic groups
  • Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet was awarded for their fearless investigations and commitment to freedom of expression in the light of censorship and threats
  • All winners of the year therefore upheld the fundamental human rights and values despite war and oppression.
  • The Right Livelihood Award is a global honour for those offering practical and exemplary answers to challenges faced by the world
  • The prize was established in 1980
  • It was set up by German-Swedish philanthropist Jakob von Uexkull and is presented in early December
  • It was set up after the Nobel Foundation refused to create awards honouring efforts in environment and international development issues

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