COPENHAGEN – The Right Livelihood Award Foundation, also referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize, was shared this year by the Syrian voluntary aid group White Helmets, Russian activist Svetlana Gannushkina, Egyptian feminist activist Mozn Hassan and the Turkish opposition daily Cumhuriyet.
The jury recognized the work of rescuing people amid war by the Syrian voluntary group, the struggle for equal rights by Hassan and Nazra for feminist studies, Gannushkina’s commitment to human rights and Cumhuriyet’s defense of freedom of expression.
The four winners will split equally the amount of the award, 3 million kronor (almost $450,000), the Stockholm-based foundation said.
The award statement highlights the White Helmets’ “outstanding bravery, compassion and humanitarian engagement in rescuing civilians from the destruction of the Syrian civil war.”
The Syrian group was formed in 2013 and currently has 3,000 volunteers from local communities, helping also in the reconstruction of public infrastructure.