Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih is a Darfuri activist and a recipient of the 2012 U.S. Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award. Hawa, a resident of Abu Shouk camp, was among 10 women who received the award, in the presence of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Born in North Darfur, Hawa and her family were forced to flee their home village in 2003 due to fighting between Darfuri rebels and government forces. As a result, she spent much of her young adult life in Abu Shouk internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in El Fasher, North Darfur, where she emerged as a prominent voice for the IDPs. For her advocacy, Hawa has been persecuted and detained on multiple occasions by the Government of Sudan, and was forced to flee Sudan in 2011.
In spite of the harassment and political challenges that she has faced, Hawa hopes to return to her homeland to continue defending the rights of Darfuris, and in particular the rights of women and children.
Stephen Lewis is the board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation. He is a Distinguished Visiting
Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, and he is co-founder and co-director of AIDS-Free World in the United States.
Mr. Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative and Emeritus Board Member of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative. He served as a Commissioner on the newly formed Global Commission on HIV and the Law. The Commission’s Report, Risks, Rights & Health, was launched by the Secretary-General of the United Nations in July 2012.
Stephen Lewis’ work with the United Nations spans more than two decades. He was the U.N.
Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006.
From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization’s global headquarters in New York. From 1984 through 1988, he was Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations.
From 1970–1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition.
In 2003, Mr. Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement. In 2007, King Letsie III, monarch of the Kingdom of Lesotho (a small mountainous country in Southern Africa) invested Mr. Lewis as Knight Commander of the Most Dignified Order of Moshoeshoe. The order is named for the founder of Lesotho; the knighthood is the country’s highest honour. In 2012, Mr. Lewis was an inaugural recipient of Canada’s Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book Race Against Time. He holds 35 honorary degrees from Canadian universities as well as honorary degrees from Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the United States.
Immaculee Birhaheka is one of the Congo's leading human rights activists. She is dedicated to protecting and promoting women's rights and leading efforts to end the massive rape of women and girls in eastern Congo. Birhaheka founded Promotion and Support of Women's Initiatives, or PAIF, and currently serves as the Executive Director. Prior to this, she was a program officer in charge of gender issues at GEAD, a local NGO working in Masisi and Walikale.
She was an Expert for Women before the Goma peace talks for the Kivus held in January 2008. Birhaheka has also consulted for CARE International and International Crisis Group on the consequences of sexual violence in Maniema province and the implementation of the UN 1325 resolution on the advancement of women in the Congo, respectively.
Birhaheka is a recipient of the Democracy Award from the National Endowment for Democracy in 2006. She received the Solidar Silver Rose Award for justice and human rights in 2002.
Immaculee Birhaheka is a graduate of the rural social development high institute in Bukavu (Institut Supérieur de Development Rural de Bukavu, ISDR) in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mia Farrow is an actress and dedicated activist. She is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has worked extensively to draw attention to the fight to eradicate polio. Farrow also has been a high profile advocate for children's rights, working to raise funds and awareness for children in conflict-affected regions, predominantly in Africa. She has traveled to Darfur three times to advocate for Darfuri refugees.
Farrow was involved with the Olympic Dream for Darfur campaign. During the 2008 Olympics, Farrow broadcasted from a Sudanese refugee camp to highlight China's involvement in the region and show the poor living conditions of African refugees displaced by conflict. Farrow has set up her own website, miafarrow.org, which features a guide on how to get involved with Darfur activism, along with her photographs and blog entries from Darfur, Chad, and the Central African Republic.
In 2008, Farrow received the France Legion of Arts and Lettres award, the Refugees International McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for "extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people", and the Tiannamen Square Award. In 2009, Farrow was the recipient of the Leon Sullivan International Service award. Farrow also testified in the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor in August 2010.
Sr. Pauline Acayo is a highly experienced and award-winning peacebuilder whose skills in project management and conflict resolution have consistently won her the praise of her colleagues. Sr. Pauline Acayo currently works as a peace building and partner's relations Manager for Catholic Relief Services, or CRS, Uganda program.
Sr. Pauline has worked at Catholic Relief Services for the past twelve years in consistently progressing levels of responsibility. For instance,she worked as Head of Office in CRS' Gulu office,where she oversees the day-to-day management of northern Uganda projects and leads the design and implementation of nationwide projects in the peacebuilding field. In her experience as CRS' Peacebuilding Program Officer during the northern Uganda crisis,Sr. Pauline coordinated the re-integration of child soldiers,participated in the creation of Peacebuilding manuals,provided health and psychosocial support to children orphaned during the war. Sr. Pauline is also experienced in facilitating community dialogue,conflict mediation,designing inter-ethnic reconciliation interventions,and helped design the 2009 CRS-ARLPI land conflict mitigation pilot project. She has been nominated as a board member of Chantal Foundation Organization in USA.
In 2005,Sr. Pauline was named a Woman Peacemaker of the Year by San Diego University's International Justice and Peace Department for her work in grassroots peacebuilding. In 2006,she was one of ten employees to be named a Beacon of Peace by Catholic Relief Services. Most recently,Sr. Pauline won an Outstanding Leadership Award from the International Development Committee of the Association for Conflict Resolution. A native of northern Uganda,Sr. Pauline is deeply knowledgeable about local land and development issues. Sr. Pauline's great skills,dedication to peacebuilding in northern Uganda,and knowledge of the northern Ugandan milieu make her one of the leading peacebuilding professionals in Uganda.
For Bonnie Abaunza, running Hans Zimmer’s Special Projects and Philanthropy division has been one step further in a life dedicated to humanitarian work and human rights advocacy. From Zimmer’s studio, Remote Control Productions, she develops and spearheads initiatives with non-governmental organizations and charities – from the arts to human rights groups – so they may benefit from the Academy Award winner’s philanthropic endeavors.
Her initiatives at Remote Control have included raising humanitarian aid for Haiti, Pakistan, and Japan for International Medical Corps, and working with Madeline Albright and the National Democratic Institute to advocate for the Roma in Europe. In 2010, she helped launch a successful internet effort to support the formation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau with Elizabeth Warren. She helped John Prendergast and ENOUGH Project on their work on conflict minerals in the Congo, supported the efforts of Al Gore and the Alliance for Climate Protection, and produced public service announcements and viral videos for numerous human rights campaigns. Another key project is the development of an online interview series teaming youth with Nobel Peace Laureates and activists.
Bonnie is presently working with the United Nations agency, the International Labour Organization and assisting with outreach to the entertainment community. She helped launch their Artworks/Artist Relations initiative and is spearheading their End Slavery Now campaign.
Bonnie regularly advises NGOs on human rights and social justice campaigns, speaks at conferences, workshops and seminars and participates in fact-finding missions for these NGOs. Prior to joining Hans Zimmer’s company in 2009, Bonnie served as Vice President, Social Action and Advocacy at Participant Media for two and a half years. Before joining Participant Media, Bonnie served as Director of the Artists for Amnesty program for Amnesty International from 2001 to 2007. As liaison to the artistic community for the world’s leading human rights organization, she worked closely with internationally recognized artists and entertainment industry professionals interested in leveraging their visibility for critical human rights campaigns. As a result, Bonnie raised Amnesty International’s profile in the entertainment industry and attracted a new generation of activists through the power of mainstream media.
Recipient of the 2004 KCET Local Hero/Hispanic Heritage Award, she has also received commendations for her human rights work from the United States Congress and from the City of Los Angeles. She received the Women in Leadership Award in 2011 from the City of West Hollywood and was recently named Goodwill Ambassador to the Government of East Timor (appointed by former Timorese President and Nobel Peace Laureate, Jose Ramos-Horta). Bonnie is a member of the Foundation Board of the ACLU of Southern California. Bonnie graduated from UCLA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with specialization in International Relations. She is currently writing a children’s book series, with her teenage daughter, which addresses human rights issues.
Sheri Rosenberg is the Director of the Human Rights and Genocide Clinic & Program in Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies at Cardozo School of Law.She has worked in the areas of civil rights and international human rights with a specific focus on issues of discrimination, equality, and genocide. In 2000, the U.S. Department of State selected Professor Rosenberg to work for the Human Rights Chamber, a quasi-international court established under the Dayton Peace Agreement, in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Prior to working at Cardozo, she was awarded a Human Rights Fellowship at Columbia Law School, where she worked for the United Nations, Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Policy Branch, and completed her LL.M with honors. Her research interests include equality and non-discrimination in international law, minority rights, refugee law, transitional justice and genocide prevention.
She recently published Responsibility to Protect: A Framework for Prevention, Global Responsibility to Protect 1:4 442-477 (2009); Promoting Equality after Genocide, 16 Tul. J. In't L 329-393 (2008) and What's Law Got to do With it? The Bosnia v. Serbia Decision's Impact on Reconciliation, 61 Rutgers L Rev 131-159 (2008). She speaks widely about, and trains government officials on, issues related to the law and mass atrocity.
Ashley Judd is an actress and a dedicated humanitarian. A small sampling of her advocacy work includes: Giving the keynote address on the modern slave trade to the 2008 General Assembly of the United Nations, testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the urgent need to prevent the spread of HIV to girls and women, speaking to the National Press Club, appearing on major news programs, and filming 3 documentaries seen by over a billion people worldwide. She has served as an expert panelist/moderator at conferences such as the Clinton Global Initiative, the Women Deliver Conference, the International AIDS conference, and the Global Business Coalition to stop HIV, TB, and Malaria, and the National Press Club.
Additionally, she actively supports a number of organizations, ranging from Women for Women International, Women Thrive Worldwide, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council, Planned Parenthood, NARAL, Tennessee Refugee and Immigration Reform Committee. Her 2010 advocacy includes the DREAM Act, International Violence Against Women Act, the anti FGM bill, amongst others.
Ashley is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She completed a major in French, and minors in Anthropology, Art History, Theater, and Women’s Studies. She also graduated from UK’s Honor’s Program and Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with an MPA. Amongst other achievements at Harvard, she was awarded the Dean’s Scholar Award for her work in the Harvard Law class, Gender Violence: Law and Social Justice.
Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding, or AfP. Before joining AfP, she worked in philanthropy as the Founder of the Cypress Fund for Peace and Security, and Conflict Resolution Program Director at the Hewlett Foundation and academia, for the Center for International Security and Cooperation, Stanford University. In her work on international conflict resolution, Ms. Greenberg has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution and negotiation at Stanford Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and the Elliott School of George Washington University.She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Ms. Greenberg is a frequent writer, lecturer, and trainer in areas related to international law, international security, and peacebuilding, and has served on numerous boards of conflict resolution and security organizations. She holds an AB from Harvard, and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two teenagers.
Ambassador Soderberg is an author, public commentator, and foreign policy expert. Most recently, she served as President of Connect U.S. Fund in Washington, D.C., a foundation initiative to promote U.S. engagement in today’s global challenges. She is also a Visiting Distinguished Scholar at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville and President and CEO of Soderberg Solutions, an international consulting firm. From 2001-2005, she served as Vice President for Multilateral Affairs of the International Crisis Group in New York, a non-profit conflict prevention organization. She served in the White House as the third-ranked official on the National Security Council (1993-1996) and as Alternate Representative to the United Nations (1997-2001), with the rank of Ambassador. Prior to joining the Administration, she served as Senior Foreign Policy Advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy. She has been active in national politics over the last twenty years, serving in a variety of positions on the campaigns of the Democratic nominee for President.
In 2012, President Barack Obama appointed Ambassador Soderberg as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board, an advisory committee established by Congress to promote pubic access to U.S. national security decisions. In 2011, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown appointed her to the Jacksonville International Business Coalition, and as co-chair of the Mayor’s Public Safety Transition Team. In 2008, she was elected Precinct Committeewoman, Duval County Democratic Executive Committee, Jacksonville, Florida and currently serves as the chair of Florida’s National Security Network. She is on the board of the Naval War College as well.
Her second book, The Prosperity Agenda: What The World Wants From America -- and What We Need In Return, was published in July 2008.Her first book,The Superpower Myth: The Use and Misuse of American Might,was published in March 2005.She speaks and publishes regularly in leading newspapers and journals on national security policy. She is a frequent commentator on national and international television and radio. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory board of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the Stanley Foundation. She is on the board of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council.