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Jawaher Al Qasimi receives Golden Erbse Award in Germany for humanitarian work

posted on 13/11/2015: 1596 views



Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, and Chairperson of the Supreme Council for Family Affairs, has received the Golden Erbse (Golden Pea) Award from Marchenland, the German Centre For Fairy Tale Culture, in recognition of her outstanding efforts in the humanitarian field and social work, as well as her advocacy for refugee children, cancer patients, the needy and the vulnerable.

Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi was bestowed with the honour in appreciation of her significant initiatives launched to support women's empowerment in all fields, within the UAE, the Arab region and the world. This is the first time the award has gone to an Arab since its inception in 2005.

The Golden Erbse Award is managed by the German Centre for Fairy Tale Culture and recognises public and political figures and artists for their social and humanitarian contributions. The award is given to those who are real life Fairy Tale heroes, fighting for the greater good and advocating for human rights across the world.

The awarding ceremony took place at the German Music House in Berlin as part of the 26th Berlin Fairy Tale Days, with representatives from more than 20 Arab and foreign countries and a large number of celebrities, as well as fans of children's literature and human rights activists. Professor Dr. Norbert Lammert, speaker of the German Parliament, Bundestag, was also bestowed with the Golden Erbse Award for his efforts in humanitarian and social work.

Michael Muller, Governing Mayor of Berlin, Professor Monika Grutters, German Minister of Culture and Media, Juma Mubarak Al Junaibi, UAE Ambassador to Germany and Mona Kamil, Head of the Arab League Mission in Berlin attended the ceremony, along with diplomats and Arab and European public figures.

Sheikha Jawaher said, "Our world is in urgent need for us to be humane and work collaboratively to serve humanity and ensure the future of mankind. Every father and mother needs to be the fairy tale hero in their child's eyes, and their role model, doing good, promoting love, peace and brotherhood throughout the world."

She added, "What hurts me most is to see children and women being the victims of conflict, wars and crisis that are happening in numerous parts of the world. They are the victims of violence, displacement and violation of their basic human rights. What motivates me is to advocate on their behalf and support them. I fear for the future of children today, our children are the future of the entire world. We all must stand by the side of those children and women and make them the heroes of their own stories, because we want them to tell their children and grandchildren that there is always hope as long as there are human beings."

Sheikha Jawaher praised the idea of the Berlin Fairy Tale Days and the award, and lauded the efforts undertaken by the administration of the event, stressing the need to foster a love of reading among children as reading reflects positively on children's intellect and personalities.

She called on social society organisations to adopt new approaches that help increase the interaction of the international community concerned with issues of child and women's protection and said it was a must to support all initiatives that would enhance the protection of human rights to ensure a good future for every child in the world regardless of race or gender.

Sheikha Jawaher also praised the major humanitarian role played by the German government in receiving refugees and providing them with the necessary protection and care, particularly Syrian refugees, and expressed her hope that conflicts and wars would come to an end in the region, so people can enjoy peace and all refuges could return home and rebuild their nations. http://www.wam.ae/en/news/emirates/1395287913605.html

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