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 Global Pluralism Award 2017

The #GlobalPluralismAward recognizes the remarkable achievements of individuals, organizations and governments tackling the challenge of living peacefully and productively with diversity.

The inaugural Award will be presented to three outstanding individuals whose work represents the very best of ‘pluralism in action’ around the world. Read about the winners here

 See the live updates from our Youth Rapporteurs by following the hashtag #PluralismAward2017 here

Global Pluralism Award, 2017 Laureates

Upcoming Events

November 14, 2017

Watch the Global Pluralism Award 2017 Press Conference

10 am EST

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November 15, 2017

Watch the Global Pluralism Award 2017 Ceremony, with remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan, the Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada and the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark, former Prime Minister of Canada and Chair of the Award Jury.

6pm EST

Click here to watch on Facebook Live.

November 16, 2017

Events taking place as part of the Global Pluralism Award week, featuring Award finalists:

Welcoming Refugees - Changing the Public Conversation

Thursday November 16th, 2017 6:30PM

University of Ottawa, Social Sciences Building, Room 4004

This roundtable will share the challenges and achievements of community leaders from Canada, United States, Lebanon and Australia who are working to shift the public conversation from one of deterrence and fear to welcome and inclusion.


David Lubell, CEO of Welcoming America, USA (Honourable mention recipient, Global Pluralism Award)

Leslie Emory, Executive Director of the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization & co-founder Refugee 613, Canada

Rouba Mhaissen, Founder and President, Sawa for Development and Aid, Lebanon (Honourable mention recipient, Global Pluralism Award)

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy, Human Rights Law Centre, Australia (Global Pluralism Award winner)

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An Evening with Alice Nderitu: Global Pluralism Award Winner 2017

A Tireless Peacemaker, Conflict Mediator, Gender Equality Advocate

A moderated discussion with Sarah Onyango, followed by Q&A


History Lounge in 433 Paterson Hall

Carleton University, Institute of African Studies

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Kenyan-born Sarah Onyango is a well-known fixture on Ottawa’s community television and radio scene. She has hosted the monthly African cultural program Fontonfrom, on Rogers TV Cable 22 – Ottawa since 2002 as well as the weekly radio programs. A tireless promoter of African and Caribbean culture and activities, Sarah has for many years been actively involved in public relations work (as an MC and/or organizer) for various African and Caribbean diplomatic missions as well as numerous community organizations.

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