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SBS’ Dateline on the trail of Sekai Holland – this Tuesday Oct 2nd

The Sydney Peace Foundation is extremely proud to announce that this coming Tuesday, 2nd October, SBS’s Dateline will feature the incredible and inspiring story of the 2012 Sydney Peace Prize Recipient, Zimbabwean Senator Sekai Holland.

In May this year Dateline’s Walkley award-winning journalist, Yaara Bou-Melhem, travelled to Zimbabwe with Professor Stuart Rees and Melissa McCullough of the Sydney Peace Foudnation, along with Dr. Meredith Burgmann, hot on the trail of the indefatigable Senator to tell her powerful, moving and inspirational story. Covering vast distances of open road at frightening speeds, as well as navigating her way through the precarious political lanscape that is the unity governemnt of Zimbabwe, Bou-Melhem’s profile of Senator Holland will be sure to impress.

Following the airing on Tuesday 2 October on SBS ONE at 9:30pm, it will be available for view online via the SBS website:

Sekai Holland will travel to Australia in November to give the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday November 7th and will receive the 2012 Peace Prize ($50,000 and a trophy crafted by the artist in glass Brian Hirst ) at a Gala Dinner and Award Ceremony on Thursday November 8th.

Tickets for the lecture: available via Ticketek ($25/$35)

Tickets to the Gala Dinner: please contact Juliet Bennett at the Sydney Peace Foundation
e: | (02) 9351 4468
$375 each | $3750 for a table of 10

Happy viewing!

More on Senator Sekai Holland and the 2012 Sydney Peace Prize

Senator Mrs. Sekai Holland Co Minister for Reconciliation Healing and Integration in the Cabinet of President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was announced as the recipient of the 2012 Sydney Peace Prize, in a ceremony hosted by the Australian Embassy in Harare , Zimbabwe , April 30.

The Sydney Peace Prize jury’s citation reads: ‘ Sekai Holland: for a lifetime of outstanding courage in campaigning for human rights and democracy, for challenging violence in all its forms and for giving such astute and brave leadership for the empowerment of women.’The announcement of the choice of Sekai Holland was made by Dr Meredith Burgmann at a reception hosted by Australian Embassy in Harare on Monday 30 April.

Professor Stuart Rees, Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation said, ‘In addition to her work for the education of rural women and her founding of Australia’s anti Apartheid movement fifty years ago, Sekai Holland has been a significant leader of non violent, democracy campaigns, and is a key figure in her country’s national dialogue on how to heal the deep wounds of social conflict.’

In response Senator Holland commented, ‘This award comes as a wonderful surprise but one which is so encouraging. I accept on behalf of the brave women I have worked with for so many years and for my colleagues in our present Organ for National Healing Reconciliation and Integration. I also acknowledge the long term support and friendship which I have received from Australian Aboriginal campaigners for human rights and for peace with justice.’

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