Labour Education Foundation (LEF) honoured with Silver
We are happy to share the news that Labour Education Foundation (LEF)
has been honoured with an international award called the SILVER ROSE
AWARD in international
for 2011 by the SOLIDAR (http://www.solidar.org/).
SOLIDAR is a European network of 52 NGOs active in over 90 countries
working to advance social justice in Europe and worldwide.
On 13 January 2011, the jury of the SILVER ROSE AWARD, chaired by
Véronique de Keyser – socialist MEP from Belgium met in the European
Parliament in Strasbourg and decided to attribute the award to LEF.
SOLIDAR’s Silver Rose Awards were launched in 2000 to help raise the
profile of individuals and organisations whose struggles contribute
greatly to social justice and equality throughout the world.
Following organisations have received the award during the past
Winners 2010 Colombian Trade Union
European Roma Rights Centre (ECCR),
Gyula Horn (Hungary),
Pierre Mauroy (France)
Winner 2008 Syndica
Sherkat-e Vahed (Iran), Globetree
Winners 2007 Heidemarie
Wiezcorek-Zeul (Germany), Plataforma de Mujeres Artistas
contra la violencia de Género,
Réseau Education Sans Frontières
(France), Parents Circle -
Families Forum (Israel-Palestine)
Winners 2006 Tarja Halonen (Finland), Sudan
Organisation Against Torture (Sudan),
Kav La O'Ved (Israel), Denise Fuchs
(France), Francisca Sauquillo Pérez Del Arco (Spain),
Filo D'Argento (Italy)
Winners 2005 Chapitô (Portugal),
Lietuvos Samarieciu Bendrija (Lithuania), The Global Call to Action against
Poverty, Juan Somovia,
The Flower Label Programme
Winners 2004 Tom Benetollo (Italy), Narodna Dopomoha (Ukraine),
Graça Machel (Mozambique), National League for Democracy of
Winners 2003 Nicolás
Gutiérrez (Spain), The
Self-Employed Women's Association (India).
Zackie Achmat (South Africa)
Winners 2002 Belaruski Chas
Newspaper (Belarus), Jean-Michel Folon (Belgium)
Sima Samar (Afghanistan),
Promotion et Appui aux Initiatives
Feminines (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Winners 2001 Morgan Tsvangirai
Rudolf Sarkozi (Austria),
The Barka Foundation for Mutual Help
Winners 2000 Doreen and Neville
Media for Democracy (Former Yugoslavia,
Centre for Trade Union and Workers' Services (Egypt)
It is first time that a Pakistani organisation has been granted this
LEF was proposed by the Olaf Palme International Center, Stockholm,
Labour Education Foundation started its work in year 1993 with a
modest three one-room schools for working children in Lahore, now has
offices in Lahore, Karachi and Mardan. LEF is one of the main stream
organisations working for workers’ rights. LEF has been busy in helping
the workers and peasant movements in different parts of Pakistan.
LEF is an active member and affiliated with International
Federation of Workers’ Education Associations (IFWEA), Pakistan Social
Forum, Joint Action Committee For Peoples Rights, Labour Relief
Campaign, Home Net Pakistan, Peoples SAARC and South Asia Alliance For
Poverty Eradication (SAAPE).
The awards ceremony, held each year in the European Parliament, is
an important event in the Brussels political calendar. The Silver Rose
winners take centre stage at the awards ceremony to present their work
and address the assembled audience.
Over 500 people attended the 2010 ceremony including SOLIDAR’s member
organisations, EU decision-makers, government representatives, civil
society partners and the media. Speakers included Martin Schultz,
President of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament; Lazlo
Andor, Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs; Véronique
de Keyser, MEP; Marita
Ulvskog, MEP; and Ana
Maria Gomes MEP.
This year, the ceremony will take place in the Members Dining Room in
the European Parliament on 1 March 2011, hosted by Véronique de Keyser
We thank all our supporters and member organisations that have made this
possible for LEF.