Since the year 2000 SOLIDAR has organised its annual Silver Rose Awards in the European Parliament in cooperation with the S&D Group and the Party of European Socialists (PES), an occasion to celebrate Civil Society Organisations and individuals whose extraordinary struggles contribute greatly to social justice and solidarity throughout the world. This year marks the 15th edition which will take place on 10 October 2017 in the European Parliament in Brussels.
Nominations are made by Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and selected by a jury composed of CSO representatives, trade unionists and policy makers. The winners are chosen on the basis of their significant involvement in Civil Society activities and their contribution to social justice and solidarity worldwide. The people and organisations who have had the honour to come up on the Silver Rose stage to receive their award vary from grass roots human rights activists, to academics who have done research on the societal consequences of inequality, to undercover journalists who have shone light on unacceptable working conditions.
Former winners of the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards include; Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan (2016), an Ezidi activist and gynaecologist from Iraq, the Journalist Union of Turkey/ Türkiye Gazeteciler Sendikası (TGS) (2017), Juan Somavia (2005), the former General Director of the International Labour Organisation, the Sudan Organisation Against Torture (2006), Aminatou Haidar (2007), Western Sahara human rights defender, Plataforma de Mujeres Aristas contra la Violencia de Genero (2007), a group of Spanish women musicians, the Colombian Trade Union Federations (2010), Gunter Wallraff (2015), German author and undercover journalist, and many more.
The call for nominations is now open, individuals and organisations are invited to nominate an organisation or individual whose efforts should be recognised with a Silver Rose Award in one of the three categories, Together for Social Europe (Social Affairs), Building Learning Societies (Education) or Organising International Solidarity (International Cooperation). On Monday 3 July we’ll close the call for nominations upon which the Silver Rose Jury will decide on the three best candidates per category.
‘For us, the overall priority is to promote social justice with this prize – in Europe and elsewhere in the world. We consider it to be a very political and progressive award – not meant to honour charity but distinctive political engagement.’ Conny Reuter, SOLIDAR Secretary General