Labour Education Foundation (LEF)
honoured with Silver Rose Award
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 category 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
Following organisations have received the
award during the past period.
Winners 2010 Colombian
Trade Union Federations (Colombia),
European Roma Rights
Centre (ECCR), Gyula
Winner 2008 Syndica
Sherkat-e Vahed (Iran),
Winners 2007 Heidemarie
Plataforma de Mujeres
Artistas contra la violencia de Género,
Sans Frontières (France),
Parents Circle - Families
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
Winners 2004 Tom
National League for Democracy of Burma
Winners 2003 Nicolás
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
Rudolf Sarkozi (Austria),
Barka Foundation for Mutual Help (Poland)
Winners 2000 Doreen
and Neville Lawrence (UK),
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 award.
LEF was proposed by the Olaf Palme
International Center, Stockholm, Sweden.
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
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
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
Commissioner for Employment and Social Affairs; Véronique
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 MEP.
We thank all our supporters and member
organisations that have made this possible for LEF.