Monday, December 8, 2008

  • The Right Livelihood Award: A Look at Sweden’s "Alternative Nobel"


    Democracy Now! broadcasts from Stockholm, Sweden, where Amy Goodman is joining three remarkable women from around the world to receive the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize. The three women are Asha Hagi Elmi, co-founder of Save Somali Women and Children; Krishnammal Jagannathan, an 82-year-old activist from southern India; and Monika Hauser, a gynecologist and founder of "medica mondiale." We speak with the founder of the Right Livelihood Award, Jakob von Uexkull. [includes rush transcript]

  • "India’s Soul"–Krishnammal Jagannathan Awarded Right Livelihood for Realizing "Gandhian Vision of Social Justice and Sustainable Human Development"


    We speak with Right Livelihood laureate, Krishnammal Jagannathan, an 82-year-old activist from southern India. She was active in the Gandhian struggle for Indian independence and the movement to restore land to the landless. With her husband, she founded an organization called "Land for the Tillers’ Freedom" that has redistributed land to some 13,000 Dalit women. She and her husband received the Right Livelihood Award for "two long lifetimes of work dedicated to realizing in practice the Gandhian vision of social justice and sustainable human development, for which they have been referred to as India’s soul." [includes rush transcript]

  • Gynecologist Monika Hauser Receives Right Livelihood for Work on Behalf of Victims of Sexual Violence in War


    We speak with Right Livelihood laureate, Monika Hauser, a gynecologist and founder of "medica mondiale," a German-based non-governmental organization that works to prevent and punish sexual violence against women and girls in wartime. They have helped over 70,000 traumatized women and girls in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia and Afghanistan. [includes rush transcript]

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