The award for the Freedom of Worship goes to Religions for Peace International forthe alliance’s determined commitment to promote peace and to speak up for those most in need. Religions for Peace is devoted to build bridges between religious communities in order to increase mutual trust and reduce hostility in areas of conflict and to offer a platform for common action. The alliance respects and honors religious differences and works to advance interreligious dialogue and consensus.
Religions for Peace has proven to be a peacemaker for almost 50 years and the world’s religious communities effectively cooperate for peace through its global network. The alliance resists and opposes the misuse and misperception of our faiths that fuel violence and hate. Their continued efforts to counter those misperceptions, prejudices and distrust between peoples are an example to us all.
Prof. dr. Azza Karam, Secretary General Elect, will receive the award on behalf of Religions for Peace. Azza Karam is a Professor of Religion and Development at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and has, amongst others, served in different positions in the United Nations since 2004.