– Tola Moeun has made an important contribution and Sweden has a responsibility to stand up for fair working conditions in the countries which produce the goods we consume, says Ingvar Carlsson. Tola Moeun is one of six candidates who have been selected by the jury for the award ‘Lobbyist for Change 2017′ among nominees from all over the world.
The award was founded by We Effect, an NGO in development aid, and consists of a prize sum of USD 10,000. The award winner will be invited to Stockholm to present his or her work and meet the Swedish media.
– Lobbying is an important tool in the fight to reduce poverty and strengthen human rights. There is an enormous power in the work of these candidates to change laws and working conditions. The Lobbyist for Change award is a way to highlight this, says Anneli Rogeman, CEO of We Effect and chair of the jury.
Last year the prize was awarded to 25-year-old Rachael Mwikali Mueni who fights for young women’s rights in Kenyan slum areas together with the organisation Coalition for Grassroots Human Rights Defenders.
– We have received publicity for the work we perform in our societies. I’ve realised that people around the world appreciate what we do. I’m so proud and happy, says Rachael Mwikali Mueni.
Nominations for the award can be submitted by civil society organisations throughout the world. The shortlist for the selection of the winner includes lobbyists from El Salvador, Guatemala, Cambodia and Kenya.
The jury’s decision as to the winner of ‘Lobbyist for Change 2017′ will be announced in October.