Halima Bashir Wins 2010 Anna Politkovskaya Award

The 2010 Raw in War (Reach All Women in WAR) Anna Politkovskaya Award was yesterday awarded to Halima Bashir.

Bashir was working as a  doctor at a rural village clinic in Sudan’s Darfur region. Janjaweed militia abducted and gang-raped Bashir because she was speaking out about their violent attacks on school girls in Darfur. Bashir’s courageous work to draw attention to the human rights crisis in Darfur has put her in danger.  For security reasons, Bashir was not be able to attend the award ceremony.

leilaThe award’s namesake, Anna Politkovskaya, was a journalist and activist who defended the rights of civilians in Chechnya. She was murdered in 2006. In honour of Anna, the award is presented annually to a woman human rights defender in a conflict zone who is defending the rights of others at great personal risk.

The award was presented by Leila Alikarami, who was awarded the 2009 Anna Politkovskaya Award on behalf of the One Million Signatures Campaign in Iran. The One Million Signatures Campaign works to end legal discrimination against women in Iran.


Visit the RAW in War website for more information on the Anna Politkovskaya Award ceremony.

Read more about the One Million Signatures Campaign in Iran.

Doctor, gang-raped in Sudan’s Darfur region, wins rights award, Reuters, 6 October 2010.

Read the letter from the Committee of Supporters of the Raw in WAR Anna Politkovskaya Award.