Sonja Davies Peace Award

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The Sonja Davies Peace Award (funded up to $3,500) promotes women’s initiatives to advance the cause of peace. It is an annual award made to a woman or group of women who are New Zealand citizens, resident in New Zealand, who are seeking more knowledge and skills, or developing an activity which will help them build a more peaceful world – at home, school, the workplace, or in the community.

Peace is broadly defined as – elimination of violence within families, lessening of conflict between groups within society, freedom from civil disorder, and cessation of war. It extends to activities which foster mediation or resolution of conflict by means other than violence.

Background of the Award
The Award was established as a tribute to the life and work of Sonja Davies on the occasion of her 80th birthday in November 2003, to acknowledge her contribution ot the advancement of women, as a city councillor, health board member and Member of Parliament, as well as through the trade union movement, and in international forums. Sonja Davies was committed to the cause of peace and worked tirelessly for it.

The Award is administered by the New Horizons for Women Trust. The Trust gratefully acknowledges the generous sponsorship of individuals and organisations who made the Sonja Davies Peace Award possible. Donations to this fund are welcome.

Trust Awards
The New Horizons for Women Trust was launched in 1992. Its objective is to provide grants to assist women develop their potential. Since 1993, the Trust has annually raised funds and administered second-chance education awards, research awards, and other special awards including the prestigious Ria McBride Public Service Management Award for Women. These awards are available as a result of public donations, the generosity of individual, family and organisational sponsors and donors, and from bequests.

The Sonja Davies Peace Award shall be used:
-to support a woman to undertake education or training that equips her to directly advance the purposes of the Award (as outlined above) in New Zealand, or
-To assist a woman or group of women to carry out an initiative or activity in New Zealand which advances the purposes of the Award (such as a group of women or an individual woman seeking to run a workshop or a group preparing resources to support a relevant activity).

Please note: research projects are not eligible for the award. The award is available for an individual’s education or training only when that education or training will, on completion, be immediately applied to a peace-related activity in New Zealand. This peace-related activity should be specified in the application and the applicant’s training or education will be focused on its end goal.

All applicants must be
-New Zealand citizens or permanent residents
-resident in New Zealand

Selection of winners
Award winners will be selected by a panel that includes a representative of the New Horizons for Women Trust, and at least one person with a particular interest in peace issues in New Zealand. Where possible this will be a member of the Sonja Davies Fundraising Group, or their nominee. In assessing applications the panel will consider:
-The relevance of the proposal to the advancement of peace (as defined above)
-The specific contribution it will make to the advancement of peace in New Zealand
-The ability of the individual or group to carry out the [proposal
-The benefit to women generally (in New Zealand).

The decision of the selection panel is final, and no communication may be made with the panel. If no applications meet the criteria in any given year, no award will be made.

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