TOKYO, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the
31st Niwano Peace Prize to Ms. Dena Merriam, founder and leader of the
Global Peace Initiative of Women, in recognition of her contributions
to humankind in the search for wisdom and for a more just and
An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on May 16. In
addition to an award certificate, Ms. Merriam will receive a medal and
20 million yen.
A trailblazer in the interfaith movement since the late 1990s when she
served as vice chair of the Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious
and Spiritual leaders held at the United Nations in New York, Ms.
Merriam founded the Global Peace Initiative of Women (GPIW) in 2002 to
bring together a multi-faith group of women spiritual leaders. The GPIW
has fostered dialogues in Israel/Palestine, Iraq, Sudan, Afghanistan
and other countries while developing a global leadership program for
young community leaders in partnership with the United Nations.
In selecting Ms. Merriam as a recipient for 2014, the Peace Prize
Committee said she is "a global leader in bringing together the voices
and energy of women who are inspired by their faith so that they truly
form the nucleus of an unprecedented global movement." Ms. Merriam
"works tirelessly to ensure that the insights of eastern and western
religions come together in a wise balance," the Committee said.
Niwano Peace Prize:
The Niwano Peace Prize was established in 1983 to honor and encourage
individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to
inter-religious understanding and cooperation, thereby furthering the
cause of world peace. To avoid undue emphasis on any particular
religion or region, nominations are solicited from some 600 people and
organizations, representing 125 countries. The prize is named in honor
of the founder and first president of the lay Buddhist organization
Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano.
Niwano Peace Foundation:
The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the
realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace.
The foundation promotes research and other activities based on a
religious spirit, and serves the cause of peace in such fields as
education, science, religion and philosophy.
SOURCE: Niwano Peace Foundation
For further information:
(Mr.) Tadashi Takatani
Niwano Peace Foundation