Recognizing and Celebrating Pluralism In Action
The 2023 Global Pluralism Award Ceremony takes place on November 14, 2023 in Ottawa, Canada. Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Centre, and Princes Zahra Aga Khan, Board Member of the Global Centre for Pluralism, both deliver the remarks at the ceremony.
Presented every two years, the Global Pluralism Award celebrates the inspiring and brave work that is helping to build more inclusive societies where diversity is valued and protected.
An independent, international jury of experts selected this year’s three winners and seven honourable mention recipients from among 200 submissions across 60 countries following a rigorous review process.
Dr. Marwan Muasher, Award Jury Chair and Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said, “The Award winners’ work has enormous value in the world today. Pluralism is not embedded in every society or every country in the world. Those who work for pluralism, those who truly believe that diversity is a source of strength and not weakness, need to be acknowledged and celebrated.”
Meredith Preston McGhie, Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism said, “I can think of nothing more important than recommitting to the values of pluralism and encouraging leaders everywhere to do the same. The 2023 Global Pluralism Award winners demonstrate how pluralism can be advanced with creativity and courage. I hope they are seen as examples of the leadership that is possible, even when divisions seem insurmountable.”
The three winners are:
- Esther Omam (Cameroon) – peacebuilder, mediator and human rights defender mobilizing women and young people from across Cameroon to advocate for an end to conflict;
- Red de Intérpretes y Promotores Interculturales Asociación Civil (Mexico) – Indigenous youth collective in Oaxaca, Mexico providing otherwise unavailable Indigenous language interpretation to those involved in legal proceedings in Mexico and the United States;
- REFORM: The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development (Palestine) – non-governmental organization building solidarity between groups in Palestine by empowering them to get involved in social life and influence decision-making.
Princess Zahra Aga Khan
Member of the Board of the Global Centre for Pluralism
Algonquin Elder, Chancellor of the University of Ottawa
Meredith Preston McGhie
Secretary General of the Global Centre for Pluralism
Chair of the Global Pluralism Award Jury
Executive Director of Reach Out Cameroon
Jesus Gerardo Herrera Perez
Director of Intercultural Advocacy, Red de Intérpretes y Promotores Interculturales Asociación Civil
General Director, REFORM: The Palestinian Association for Empowerment and Local Development