Naomi Klein Wins 2016 Sydney Peace Prize

by: Obert Madondo | Published Sunday May 15, 2016, by The Canadian Progressive

Canadian bestselling author, social activist and winner of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, Naomi Klein, speaks during the launch of the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Toronto on May 21, 2015. Photo credit: Milan Ilnyckyj / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Canadian bestselling author, social activist and winner of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize, Naomi Klein, speaks during the launch of the March for Jobs, Justice and the Climate in Toronto on May 21, 2015. Photo: Milan Ilnyckyj / Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Naomi Klein is the winner of the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize.

The Canadian social activist, journalist and award-winning author of numerous bestsellers joins prominent previous winners of the $50,000 prize such as The God of Small Things author Arundhati Roy, South African anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Professor Noam Chomsky.

The Sydney Peace Foundation’s core principles are “peace with justice, respect for human rights, and the language on nonviolence.”

According to the citation by 2016 Sydney Peace Prize jury, Klein was chosen:

“For exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.”

Klein prevailed over 50 other nominees. The Sydney Peace Prize call for nominations, issued in July, declared that “it’s time to honour an extraordinary woman”. It stated that the 2016 edition sought to “recognize and celebrate the women who are advancing the cause of sustainable peace with justice.”

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“The 2016 Sydney Peace Prize will draw attention to inspiring women working to cultivate peace in their communities, between nations, and across the world. Such work ranges from collective action of groups of women in war zones, to individual initiatives addressing domestic violence. It includes women working in leadership roles, in social and environmental activism, in humanitarian aid, reconciliation processes, post-conflict governance, and much more.”

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Klein is best known for bestselling books such as The Shock Doctrine, No Logo and her latest, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate“, in which she argues that radical change is needed to prevent catastrophic global warming.

Klein is also one of the powerful progressive Canadian forces behind The Leap Manifesto: A Call for a Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another. The Leap is a plan for how Canada and the world can transition off fossil fuels and embrace a sustainable future based on clean energy.

Klein will accept the price in Sydney in November.

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Obert Madondo is an Ottawa-based progressive blogger, and the founder and editor of The Canadian Progressive. Follow him on Twitter: @Obiemad

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