Right Livelihood Award: An Award For Outstanding Vision and Work on Behalf of Our Planet and its People

Posted on December 9, 2008



It’s about breaking silences  Why do we live with problems we can solve? Why are there solutions that are not taken seriously?

Jakob Von Uexkull, founder Right Livelihood Award

All information this post taken from— http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/8/the_right_livelihood_award_a_look
(December 8, 2008 program), except italicized comments from soul secret service.

Under FORMATS click OTHER to see video. This section is here on the video at 11:30—22:36.
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These are 4 truly amazing women who have done so much! It’s so great that awards are given for just doing good! This is very inspirational.

Right Livelihood Award
Stockholm, Sweden
An Alternative to the Nobel Peace Prize

An Award For Outstanding Vision and Work on Behalf of Our Planet and its People
The 2008 Right Livelihood Award Laureates have arrived in Stockholm. On Monday, they received the Prize in the Second Chamber of the Swedish Parliament. From —http://www.rightlivelihood.org/

This years recipients are:

Amy Goodman (USA)
Received the award “for developing an innovative model of truly independent political journalism that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are often excluded by mainstream media.”  Daily news broadcast: http://www.democracynow.org

Asha Haji Elmi  (Somalia)
Peace Activist and Co-founder of Save Somali Women and Children
She received the award for “continuing to lead at great personal risk the female participation in the peace and freedom reconciliation process in her war-ravaged country.”

Krishnammal Jagannathan and her husband (India)
India’s Soul
Land for the Tillers Freedom
A non-profit organization based out of India that is foucsed on changing the conditions of the Dalit Caste or India’s poorest poor.
Redistributed land to 13,000 Dalit women.
She received the award for “two long lifetimes of work dedicated to realizing in practice the Gandhian vision of social justice and sustainable human development, for which they have been referred to as India’s soul.”

Dalit are the native people of south India. Because of the work/physical labor they are considered low-cast people. Because they work with the land, they are thought to be dirty because of the soil. Sometimes called Untouchable. She has challenged this in her life. She dedicated her life to the upliftment of humanity.

Gandhi inspired her greatly.

Monika Hauser  (Germany)
Founder of Medica Mondiale
A German-based non-governmental organization that works to prevent and punish sexual violence against women and girls in wartime. They have helped over 70,000 traumatized women and girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Afghanistan.
She received the award for “her tireless commitment to working with women who have experienced the most horrific sexual violence in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, and campaigning for them to receive social recognition and compensation.”

From interview with the founder of Right Livelihood Award
Jakob Von Uexkull

Here are some of his comments.

It’s about breaking silences  Why do we live with problems we can solve. Why are there solutions that are not taken seriously?

There’s no awards for these environment and human development proposed to Nobel Peace Committee. They decided not to introduce any more Nobel  awards, so he started it himself.

Anyone can nominate anybody. Its not so restricted.
Only a certain group of people get the Nobel prize, no one outside of certain industries or modes of thinking.

Title came from should symbolize the whole life. A Budhhist term. It s not just what you do, its how you live your life.
Wanted this award to be for the ones that brought the greatest benefit to humanity.

It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.


All information on this post From— http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/8/the_right_livelihood_award_a_look