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Do you know a Peacemaker in Action?

Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action Dr. Sarah Ahmed (Iraq) and James Lual Atak (Sudan)

Change is inevitable.

Transformation, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution all require hard work.

Tanenbaum invites you to help us honor these hard workers whom we call Peacemakers in Action. The Peacemakers in Action award honors two religious actors central to peacebuilding efforts around the world. Emerging from the creative power of all religions, they are the individuals who make peace possible.

Nominate the next Peacemaker in Action today!

Tanenbaum’s Peacemaker in Action award acknowledges religiously motivated individuals who put their lives at risk to advance peace in areas of armed conflict around the world.

Who are Peacemakers in Action?

Peacemakers are peace activists. They positively impact local, national, and international communities. They work behind the scenes to prevent violence, mediate hostilities, negotiate ceasefires, conduct citizen diplomacy, transform conflict, and promote reconciliation. These individuals create sustainable people-to-people peace through civil society initiatives, education, music, traditional ritual, and more.

What are the criteria?

To be selected, the following five criteria must be evident in the candidates’ nomination materials:

  1. Religious Motivation. Their peacemaking work has been fueled by their religious and/or
    spiritual beliefs.
  2. Armed Conflict. They work or have worked in an area of armed conflict.
  3. At Risk. Their lives and/or liberty have been at risk as they pursued peace.
  4. Locally Based. They are closely connected to the conflict situation at the local level. Most awardees are indigenous to the communities they serve, but some have left their original homes and spent many years embedded in a new environment.
  5. Relatively Unknown. Despite their impact, they have not received significant international attention or support at the time of selection.

What do the awardees receive?

Awardees will be named Tanenbaum Peacemakers in Action and given a cash prize to strengthen their work. Tanenbaum will create greater recognition of the Peacemaker by promoting their work to the public and producing a case study of their experiences, techniques, and strategies to help educate other peacebuilding practitioners.

New awardees will also automatically become part of the extraordinary group of their peers in Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action Network. Upon joining, awardees will be expected to participate in Network activities such as calls, collaborative projects, and working retreats, where they will have the chance to learn from their fellow Peacemakers and work together to benefit each other’s communities.

Who should be nominated?

Nominate any candidate(s) who meets the criteria. We also accept self-nominations.

Tanenbaum actively seeks to identify women Peacemakers in Action. While religious peacemakers of all stripes are often categorically excluded from peace processes, many women face the added challenge of working in deeply patriarchal societies. Around the world, women testify that their critical work is frequently undermined and worse, prohibited. Distinguishing them makes it harder to sideline their work. Today, Tanenbaum looks to recognize women in conflict zones across the globe.

We are now accepting applications for the 2020 Peacemaker in Action Award.
Please click here to fill out the online nomination form.

Alternatively, you may
 download the nomination form (also available in French and Spanish) and email the completed form or any questions to [email protected].

We also offer Google Form options:

Google Form in English

Google Form in Spanish

Google Form in French

Thank you for submitting your nominations!