Human rights activist Ann-Marie Caulker from Sierra Leone is using the prize money to continue her fight against the misogynistic traditions in her country and to develop a national strategy against genital mutilation. She is also investing the money in the construction of an elementary school in Pentagon, a slum in the capital Freetown. The school will consist of six classes and offer facilities including a bakery and a training center. Over the past few months, Ann-Marie Caulker has worked tirelessly for the victims of the devastating floods of August 14, 2017, when 1,000 people were killed in a landslide, including 50 schoolchildren. Thanks to an emergency fundraising appeal by the Roland Berger Foundation, which raised a total of 40,750 euros in donations, Ann-Marie Caulker was able to support the victims by providing food, water, clothing and financial assistance.
Tanzanian NGO Talent Search and Empowerment used the prize money to purchase land in Ubungo, a slum in the capital Dar es Salaam, where it plans to build a new facility offering accommodation and education services for young people – and a kiosk where they can sell the products they make is planned, too.
German-Iraqi charity WADI is investing the prize money in continuing its work with traumatized victims of IS torture at the Jinda Center in the northern Iraqi town of Dohuk. Yazidi women can access medical and psychological first aid at the center and have the opportunity to take a variety of classes including computer, handicrafts and hairdressing courses, and can learn farming skills in the charity’s greenhouse there. In May 2017 the charity also launched a new “Non-Violence Campaign” to combat violence against children. The campaign involves providing seminars for parents, teachers and children on how to solve conflicts without resorting to violence. Five schools in northern Iraq have already earned the distinction of being classed as “Non-Violent Schools”.
The Maltese lawyer and director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in Malta, Dr. Katrine Camilleri, provides legal advice and psychosocial support to refugees. She used the prize money to start a new integration project for family members of recognized refugees in Malta who have subsequently joined them there. The prize money also enabled her to establish more professional fundraising for her aid organization.
The Eritrean-Italian human rights activist Dr. Alganesc Fessaha is involved in the fight against human trafficking and organ trafficking among refugees. She spent the prize money on building a new canteen in the Mai Ayni refugee camp in northern Ethiopia, where her NGO Gandhi looks after Eritrean refugees and provides one hot meal a day to child refugees between the ages of three and eight years.
The Congolese school project Petite Flamme used the prize money to establish its own Roland Berger Scholarship in the Congo to fund a university education for children who have graduated from a Petite Flamme school: the best graduates of the schools can have their university studies paid for. The scholarship is supporting six young people so far. Current scholarship holders are studying subjects including Medicine, Technology, IT and Electrical Engineering.
Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist Dr. Asma Jahangir campaigns for women’s rights globally. She was able to get the widespread practice of honor killing declared a criminal offense in Pakistan. She used some of the prize money to establish a radio station to educate women in rural areas of Pakistan about women’s rights and provide support and assistance.
The NGO Jagori has been campaigning for women’s rights in India for more than 30 years. The organization was able to use the prize money to realize such projects as the creation of a psychological drop-in center for victims of sexual violence and the development of an app that women can use to assess their safety on the streets of Delhi and summon help in an emergency.
The threat from the Taliban and the prevailing violence make the work of the Afghan Women’s Network and its campaign for women’s rights in Afghanistan virtually impossible today. 59% of all marriages are forced marriages, 57% of females are less than 16 years old when they marry. The Afghan Women’s Network put its prize money toward measures such as training for women and campaigns to increase the involvement of women in public life.
The Jewish Museum Berlin was presented with the Roland Berger Honorary Award for Human Dignity in 2012/13. The Roland Berger Foundation honored the museum for its exemplary commitment to Holocaust remembrance and the study of one of the biggest ever crimes against humanity. The prize money went toward establishing the Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin and supports research projects looking into migration, minorities and interreligious dialog.
For more than 30 years, Tunisian lawyer Radhia Nasraoui has campaigned tirelessly for human rights in her home country and represented victims of torture and state-sponsored violence. She used the prize money to improve the communications infrastructure in her office and hire new lawyers, which means that even more torture victims can be defended in court. Fighting resolutely for human rights in Tunisia has led to decades of government reprisals and attacks against Radhia Nasraoui and her family. She recently spent 39 days on hunger strike before ultimately managing to get her husband’s personal protection reinstated.
The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and its founder and director Gamal Eid received the award for campaigning tirelessly for free speech and freedom of the press in Egypt. With the prize money, ANHRI opened additional offices in Morocco, Yemen and Tunisia in recent years and built five free Dignity Libraries for people living in the slums of Cairo. A sixth library was about to open, but sadly this did not happen: in fact all five of the existing Dignity Libraries were closed under the authoritarian rule of Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil al-Sisi. The ANHRI website is blocked in Egypt; employees of the network are regularly summoned to appear before the authorities, where they are subjected to intimidation. Some of them have long since left the organization out of fear. And yet, even in the face of enormous resistance, Gamal Eid continues to fight for free speech and freedom of the press in Egypt.
Syrian journalist and human rights activist Mazen Darwish, founder of the Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Speech (SCM), was honored for his many years of campaigning for human rights in Syria, and for freedom of speech and press freedom in particular. He was unable to attend the 2011 prize-giving ceremony in Berlin in person owing to a travel ban that had been imposed on him. Following three-and-a-half years of imprisonment and torture in Syria, Mazen Darwish came to Germany in November 2015 with the support of the Roland Berger Foundation. He and his wife have lived in Berlin ever since, where Mazen Darwish used the prize money to set up a new office for the SCM and take on additional staff. Working with seven other survivors of torture and with the help of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), he is now trying to bring the main perpetrators of the Syrian crimes against humanity to justice. In March 2017, Mazen Darwish brought proceedings before the Public Prosecutor General of the Federal Court of Justice against six specific high-ranking members of the Syrian secret service
The 2010 Roland Berger Award for Human Dignity was presented to former German Chancellor Dr. Helmut Kohl for services to German reunification. Helmut Kohl donated the prize money, part of it going toward establishing a “Helmut Kohl Guest Professorship for European Culture and Political Philosophy” at the University of Heidelberg, and the rest used to rebuild a children’s hospital in Sri Lanka, an institution Helmut Kohl had supported since the 2004 tsunami.
Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Shirin Ebadi has been campaigning for human rights in her homeland and around the globe for almost 40 years now. The prize money went toward helping Ebadi continue her fight for human rights in Iran and for the democratization of the country.
For more than 30 years, Paris-based organization Reporters Without Borders has been advocating freedom of the press around the world, publicizing violations of this fundamental freedom and also helping journalists in need. Reporters Without Borders used part of its prize money to establish a new “Help for Journalists in Need” desk in Berlin, which opened in January 2010. The help desk is there to support members of the media who are being persecuted, offering them targeted and systematic assistance in the face of acute threats. Another portion of the prize money went toward supporting the local media in Pakistan in the wake of the devastating floods of 2010 and enabling them to keep up the news supply in spite of the 21-day power cut the region suffered.
Cambodian human rights activist Somaly Mam was the first winner of the Human Dignity Award in 2008 in recognition of her dedication to the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. The prize money went into three long-term projects: the Global Awareness Campaign to raise awareness of the tragic exploitation of children and women around the world and to find additional supporters for the fight against human trafficking; infrastructure to supply the victims with things they need; and scholarships and educational opportunities to open up the prospect of a future for the children and young women affected.