Afghanistan Among 10 Finalists Of 2019 Global Pluralism Award

The Global Center for Pluralism (GCP) on Monday announced 10 finalists for the 2019 Global Pluralism Award.

Award finalist Afghanistan National Institute of Music (ANIM) believes that the power of music can contribute to building pluralism and fostering inter-ethnic community building, the Global Center for Pluralism said in a tweet.

The ANIM works to empower girls and promote gender equality, cultural diversity, community outreach and social impact.

Three winners will be announced in the fall and honored at a ceremony in Ottawa on November 20 this year.

The Award recognizes the extraordinary achievements of organizations, individuals and governments around the world who exemplify living peacefully and productively with diversity.

“At a time of heightened hatred and escalating tensions in communities around the globe, these winners embody the best of humanity,” said Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada and Jury Chair. “The emphasis on pluralism is much more important now than ever. In only a few years, we have moved from a time in which there was, at least, a general acceptance of difference, to a time where there is fear about it, and very often a contesting of it.”

The 2019 finalists—from Canada, the United States, Lebanon, Hungary, Ghana, France, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Myanmar and several countries of the former Yugoslavia—are making vital contributions to pluralism, mainly through peacebuilding, the arts, education, social cohesion and integration of refugees and migrants.

This year, the Global Center for Pluralism received over 500 applications spanning 74 countries for the 2019 Global Pluralism Awards—more than double the submissions to the inaugural awards in 2017.

All nominees undergo a rigorous review and jury selection process. The field of finalists will be narrowed down to three winners, to be announced in the fall, following in-country visits and consultations with key partners on the ground.

These three winners will each be granted $50,000 to advance their work in promoting pluralism.

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