Former president Mary McAleese among nominees for Tipp peace award

A short list of nominees for the 2011 Tipperary International Peace Award has been announced by Tipperary Peace Convention.

A short list of nominees for the 2011 Tipperary International Peace Award has been announced by Tipperary Peace Convention.

There are six nominees in the short list and they are Queen Nour Al Hussein of Jordan, former Irish President Mary McAleese and Senator Martin McAleese, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Pakistani philanthropist Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi, white Zimbabwean farmer Mike Campbell (posthumously), his son-in-law Ben Freeth and their wives Laura Freeth and Angela Campbell and former Chief of Protocol of the United States, Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker.

The announcement of the Award Recipient for 2011 will be made in the first week of January 2012.

The following is a short biography of each of the nominees:

Queen Nour Al Hussein of Jordan has a long history of activities for peace in the Middle East Region and has sensitively balanced Arab and Western cultures in her work for development, education, women’s rights, and the land mine ban with her Noor Al Hussein Foundation.

Former President Mary McAleese used her time in office to address issues concerning justice, social equality, social inclusion, anti-sectarianism and reconciliation and the theme of her Presidency was “Building Bridges”. Senator Martin McAleese initiated a series of meetings with senior loyalist paramilitary leaders to pursue peace negotiations.

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s peace keeping and humanitarian efforts since he left office have led him to be renowned as one of the most successful ex-presidents in US history. After leaving office he founded the Carter Center in 1982, a nongovernmental, not-for-profit organisation that works to advance human rights.

Dr. Abdul Sattar Edhi is head of the Edhi Foundation which runs the world’s largest ambulance service and operates free old people’s homes, orphanages, clinics, women’s shelters, and rehab centers for drug addicts and mentally ill individuals.

5. Mike Campbel was a white Zimbabwean farmer who dared to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s “land redistribution” policy in the courts — and won. However Mike and Ben were forced off their farm and subjected to horrendous beatings and have never been able to return to their home. Mike died in April of this year aged 78, having never fully recovered from injuries sustained during torture by Zanu-PF militants in 2008. Ben Freeth has continued to campaign for justice for farmers and farm workers in Zimbabwe and has received savage beatings from supporters of Robert Mugabe.

Ambassador Nancy Brinker is Founder and CEO of one the world’s most influential charities and advocacy organisations, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Since her first vow to end breast cancer in 1982, Ambassador Nancy Brinker has been a passionate advocate for breast health and under her guidance and direction, has led Susan G. Komen for the Cure to invest more than $1.9 billion in breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.