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Support brave women journalists and human rights defenders working in conflict zones by funding the RAW in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award 2019! 

On 5 October RAW in WAR honours the Anna Politkovskaya Award winners Svetlana Alexievich (2015 Nobel Prize Laureate for Literature from Belarus) and Binalakshmi Nepram (a writer and women’s rights activist from Manipur in India) during a live ceremony at LSO St. Luke’s (Barbican) in London.

Anna lived a life of courage and truth-telling in the face of grave danger, just like her friend and the first recipient of the Anna Politkovskaya Award, Natalia Estemirova, a Chechen human rights activist and freelance journalist.

15 July 2019 marked the anniversary of the murder of Natalia, who worked in Chechnya for the human rights organization, Memorial. In a ceremony held in 2007, the Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, on behalf of RAW in WAR, presented the first annual Anna Politkovskaya Award to Natalia Estemirova, for her courage in seeking and telling the truth about the torture, disappearance and murder of civilians in the war in Chechnya. 10 Years on no one has been brought to justice for the murder of Natalia.

As we remember Natalia Estemirova, and all that she stood for, we are gravely concerned for the safety of yet another woman human rights defender whose life is in danger. Since May 2019, Gulalai Ismail, a courageous Pakistani women’s rights defender and a 2017 Anna Politkovskaya Award winner, has been forced into hiding. On the 10th anniversary of Natalia’s murder, women journalists and human rights defenders, winners of the Anna Politkovskaya Award and women Nobel Peace Laureates, called together for justice for Natalia in a special joint letter in the Washington Post. They also called on the world’s leaders to demand safety for Gulalai and the charges against her to be dropped and to do everything in their power to protect journalists and human rights defenders who, like Gulalai Ismail, work in areas of war and conflict, and who speak out on behalf of the victims.

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