The People Power Award
At Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke and its Global Centre for Social Movements (MOVE) we want to recognize and strengthen the work of social movements around the world. Many activists in movements work tirelessly without recognition and face great adversity and personal sacrifice without celebration.
We have launched The People Power Award to highlight and celebrate movements around the globe for the work they are doing every day. We are thrilled to announce that in this first year of the award we got over 150 nominations from across the globe. We will contact the selection of 9 nominees by August 21st.
Around the world there are thousands of social movements made up of ordinary people who have decided to act together to claim basic rights and freedoms, defend the environment or speak out against the misuse of power; whether it is by taking down corrupt leaders, challenging exploitative companies or countering oppressive societal norms. Although some movements do not achieve their desired outcomes, due to a myriad of factors, many do succeed in transforming their communities and our world. Social movements have contributed to much of the progress we are proud of today, whether it is the anti-colonial independence struggles, women's right to vote, civil rights or the protection of oceans and forests.
We have seen what can be achieved when citizens work together. We have seen what happens when people speak up, act and refuse to be part of the system they want to change. That is why Mellemfolkeligt Samvirke and its Global Centre for Social Movements (MOVE) have created the People Power Award, to express our thanks, gratitude and admiration for the social movements that are providing hope and creating positive change in the world today.
Each year we will highlight three social movements and give them the opportunity to show the world what they have been doing, and support them in doing even more impactful work.