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Thursday, 22 Jun 2017 09:41 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
In recognition of outstanding achievements to support more inclusive societies worldwide, the Global Centre for Pluralism , an international education and research organization founded by His Highness the Aga Khan and the Government of Canada, has announced the 10 finalists for the 2017 Global Pluralism Award. Selected by a renowned international jury, Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya was chosen as a finalist for this year's inaugural award for her work in mediation and conflict prevention throughout Africa.
Of the 10 finalists, three winners will be recognized at the inaugural Global Pluralism Award Ceremony, which takes place in the fall of 2017 in Ottawa, Canada. Each winner will receive $50,000 to further their work.
"We are witnessing societies worldwide becoming more deeply divided. The need for respect and acceptance across differences is all the more urgent," said John McNee, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism. "The work of the 10 finalists of the Global Pluralism Award, and all the nominees, is a testament to what can be achieved when pluralism is put into practice."
The international Award jury, chaired by the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada, is comprised of five independent members from various disciplines. The jury reviewed over 200 nominations from 43 countries. After careful consideration, the finalists were selected for their extraordinary, innovative work to advance respect for diversity.
Alice Wairimu Nderitu stood out among the nominations for her work as a peacemaker, conflict mediator and gender equality advocate. With valuable experience in these areas, Alice Wairimu Nderitu is a leader in the prevention and transformation of hostility in Kenya and Nigeria.
As Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, she steered a 16-month peace process in Kenya's Rift valley that resulted in the region's first peaceful election in 20 years. Wairimu Nderitu was the only female mediator at the peace table with 100 elders from ten ethnic communities. Most recently, she has been the only woman in Nigeria to have brokered two sets of peace agreements in Nigeria - one between 29 ethnic communities in Kaduna and another between 56 ethnic communities in Southern Plateau.