UK: Reach All Women in WAR honors India's Gauri Lankesh with 2017 Anna Politkovskaya Award
Friday October 6 2017
Gauri Lankesh named for Anna Politkovskaya Award By SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
BENGALARU: Journalist-activist Gauri Lankesh, who was shot dead by unknown assailants on September 5, has been posthumously given the prestigious Anna Politkovskaya Award instituted by Reach All Women (RAW) in War.
RAW is a platform that brings together international women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world. Gauri’s family will receive the award on March 2018 at the Women of the World Festival to be held in London.
In its statement, RAW said Gauri Lankesh shares the award with Pakistani activist Gulalai Ismail, who is fighting against Islamic extremism in her country.
The Nominations Committee members observed that they were deeply moved by Gauri and Gulalai’s “bravery and dedication to peace and human rights”.
They noted that Gauri was a critic of right-wing Hindu extremism, campaigner for women’s rights, opposed to the caste system, and a campaigner for rights of Dalits.
Kavita Lankesh, sister of Gauri, told presspersons that the award is a “morale booster for people who want to write and continue to fight against injustice”. It was an honour to “the huge family that loved and adored Gauri for her commitment to the cause of secular ideals, justice, equality and women rights,” she said.
“Freedom and equality were question of life and death for Gauri. She fought for human dignity throughout,” said critic Asha Devi, a friend of Gauri.
Gauri was awarded the Periyar Award, posthumously, by the Thinkers Forum on September 17 in Bengaluru.
The Anna Politkovskaya Award is instituted in the name of the well-known Russian journalist who was killed in 2006 in Moscow for her courage to speak out on behalf of the suffering of the civilians in the war in Chechnya. To mark the anniversary of Anna Politkovskaya’s murder on October 7, 2006, and to honour Anna and other women like in the world, RAW in War annually presents the award to women human rights’ defenders.
The award is instituted by Reach All Women, which is a platform that brings together international women of courage who stand for human rights and justice in war and conflict zones around the world.