Citizens UK and Internet Watch Foundation awarded The European Citizen’s Prize 2016
Two UK organisations have been honoured today in the 2016 European Citizen’s Prize. Every year a panel of judges chooses laureates from across the member states who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion of cooperation and a better mutual understanding between the citizens of the Member States.
Citizens UK and Internet Watch Foundation will receive a medal of honour at an award ceremony in the UK and will be invited to a join an event in Brussels in October.
Since 2008, each MEP has been able to make one nomination per year for a National Jury in their Member State to select proposed candidates for the award. The final selection of the winners is made by the European Citizen's Prize Chancellery in Brussels, this year composed of Vice-Presidents of the European Parliament and the Former President Enrique Barón.
Citizens UK organises communities to act together for power, social justice and the common good. The group develops the leadership capacity of its members so they can hold politicians and other decision-makers to account on the issues that matter to them. "This award is testament to the commitment and tireless support from the many fantastic volunteers across the country, and the co-operation of a number of NGOs and supporting organisations", said Dr. Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees of Citizens UK.
The other winner, Internet Watch Foundation works internationally to make the internet a safer place. With a remit to minimise the availability of potentially criminal internet content, their vision is the elimination of child sexual abuse images online. “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded the prestigious European Citizen’s Prize, by the European Parliament." Susie Hargreaves, IWF CEO said "In today’s world, a child can be abused on one continent and that abuse can be recorded, stored and shared from another. It is only through working together that we can tackle this truly global problem.”
For more information please visit the prize pages below.