Silver Rose Awards

The Progressive Civil Society Award

Since the year 2000 SOLIDAR organises annually its Silver Rose Awards in the European Parliament in cooperation with the S&D Group, an occasion to celebrate Civil Society Organisations and individuals whose extraordinary struggles contribute greatly to social justice and solidarity throughout the world.

Nominations are made by Civil Society Organisations and selected by a jury composed of its representatives, trade unionists and policy makers. The winners are chosen based on their significant involvement in Civil Society activities and their contribution to social justice and solidarity worldwide. The people and organisations who have had the honour to come up on the Silver Rose stage to receive their award vary from grass roots human rights activists, to academics who have done research on the societal consequences of inequality, to undercover journalists who have shun light on lower class working conditions.

The ceremony brings together a wide audience of like minded individuals with backgrounds in civil society, trade union and politics, to strengthen once again our alliance and inspire us all to make our efforts and activities matter to achieve a world with social justice and solidarity.

Former winners of the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards include; Juan Somavia (2005), the former General Director of the International Labor Organization, the Sudan Organisation Against Torture (2006), Aminatou Haidar (2007), Western Sahara human rights defender, Plataforma de Mujeres Aristas contra la Violencia de Genero (2007), Spanish group of musicians, the Columbian Trade Union Federations (2010), Gunter Wallraff (2015), German author and undercover journalist, and many more.

SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards 2016

held under the patronage of the European Parliament

In a world of rapid changing political and social circumstances, growing conflicts and inequalities, progressive politics to ensure social justice and global solidarity are more important than ever. The 2016 edition of the SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards presents four courageous political choices with four awardees working on highly sensitive and late-breaking political issues: Press Freedom, Decent Work, Women’s Rights, Access to Education for All. The winners of the awards have been selected by the 2016 Silver Rose Jury.

This year’s winners are:

Journalist Union of Turkey (Türkiye Gazeticiler Sendikasi, TGS), to which we dedicate the Silver Rose for Fundamental Rights. TGS supports jailed journalists and promotes solidarity between journalists in Turkey and abroad – in times, where the debate on Press Freedom is high on the EU’s political agenda and more and more journalists in Turkey and elsewhere face severe threats.

FairWork, a Dutch organisation, fighting for just and decent work conditions and a slavery-free Netherlands. We dedicate our Silver Rose in the area “Together for Social Europe” to this organisation.

Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan, an activist and gynecologist from Iraq. Ms Hasan will be awarded for her outstanding work to provide psychological counselling and health screenings to Yezidi (Ezidi) girls and women, who were enslaved in subsequence of the attacks on the Iraqi city of Sinjar (Shingal), committed by the Islamic State (IS) in 2014. She will get our Human Rights Silver Rose.

La ligue de l’enseignement, a French Member of SOLIDAR, which celebrates its 150 years of existence in 2016. The award is given in the category “Building Learning Societies” and honors the engagement of this civic movement for the access of all to education and culture in Europe and worldwide.
As for the past 14 editions the ceremony will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels. The ceremony brings together a wide audience of like-minded individuals with backgrounds in civil society, trade union and politics, for a very much needed and timely celebration of global solidarity and progressive engagement. The SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards is made possible with the support the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and the Party of European Socialists (PES) and with the media support of EurActiv.

More about the 2016 SOLIDAR Silver Rose Awards.


Organised with the support of

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats in the European Parliament
Party for European Socialists

and held under the patronage of the European Parliament

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