Bulgaria confers highest state honour on WJC President Ronald Lauder

Bulgaria confers highest state honour on WJC President Ronald Lauder

Bulgaria has conferred on Ronald S Lauder, President of the World Jewish Congress, its highest state honour, the Stara Planina first degree.

The award celebrates Lauder’s extraordinary dedication to the development and strengthening of friendly relations and co-operation between the global Jewish community and Bulgarian state institutions, civil society, and the local Jewish community, and also for his contribution to the development of education in Bulgaria.

The honour was handed over by head of state President Roumen Radev on the day that Bulgaria commemorated the 76th anniversary of the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews from being murdered in the death camps of the Holocaust.

Radev said that the joint initiatives of the World Jewish Congress and the Organization of the Jews in Bulgaria Shalom contributed not only to increasing intolerance and opposition to xenophobia and discrimination, but also to better co-operation with the Bulgarian institutions for action against antisemitism and hate speech.

“The rescue of the Bulgarian Jews is not only a historical event, but an inspiring example for today and tomorrow,” he said.

Lauder praised the Bulgarian people for standing up to the Nazis during the Second World War, and again now, against the rise of neo-Nazis.

“Once again today, you showed the entire world that courage, moral clarity, and decency begin right here in Sofia,” he said, referring to the “Together for Bulgaria, Together for Bulgaria” event.

“Once again, the Bulgarian people, along with their leaders have stood together and said: ‘We will not tolerate antisemitism or hatred of any kind.’ President Radev and Prime Minister [Boiko] Borissov have been so responsive to any kind of anti-Jewish hatred, setting an example for all world leaders. The World Jewish Congress thanks you for your outspoken clarity.”

Lauder also thanked the many NGOs from across Bulgarian civil society who have pledged to sign the Memorandum to Fight Hate speech in Bulgaria, adding: “I think it is very clear where the future lies. It lies with tolerance, good neighbours, and everyone working together to build a better world for our children.

“Hate will not be part of our future. Intolerance will not be part of it. Bulgaria reminds us that we must never be silent in the face of evil. Bulgaria reminds us that it takes courage to stand up to evil. Bulgaria reminds us that even a small country can tower over all others. Let the world use Bulgaria as its model.”

In the evening, Lauder was among guests and speakers at a commemoration ceremony at Sofia Central Synagogue.

Speeches were delivered by Sofia Cohen, President of the Central Israelite Religious Council of Bulgaria, Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev, who is Bulgaria’s National Co-ordinator against Antisemitism, and Maxim Benvenisti of Shalom’s Tzedaka Foundation, who introduced the history of those ordinary Bulgarians who participated in the rescue of the Bulgarian Jews.

Shalom conferred its highest honour, the Shofar award, on Georgiev and on US ambassador Eric Rubin and Israeli ambassador Irit Lilian.

Shalom, furthering its campaign to build a partnership network with NGOs committed to a society without division, intolerance and hate speech, signed a memorandum of co-operation with 10 NGOs at the ceremony. This was a sequel to the signing of the memorandum in February with the GLAS Foundation.

The 10 NGOs with which the memorandum was signed are the Association of European Journalists Bulgaria, the Association of Families for Partnership in Psychiatry, the Bulgarian Fund for Women, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, Jamba – an organisation that connects people with diverse abilities to employers, the National Foster Care Association, the Bilitis Foundation, Marginalia, the Movement of Bulgarian Mothers, and Maiko Mila, a support website for mothers.

Article and photos originally posted on The Sofia Globe

UN Women for Peace Celebrates International Women’s Day

UN Women for Peace Celebrates International Women’s Day
Diverse Leaders Empowering Women and Girls Lauded at Luncheon

   New York City, New York (Friday, March 1, 2019)UN Women for Peace Association’s (UNWFPA) Annual Awards Luncheon, in celebration of International Women’s Day, was held on Friday, March 1st at the United Nations Headquarters.

This year, UNWFPA honored five distinguished individuals: actor, writer, and activist Ben Stiller (UNWFPA Advocacy Award), fashion designer Naeem Khan (Women’s Empowerment Award), philanthropists Albert and Deidre Pujols (Humanitarian Award), and Think Equal Founder and CEO Leslee Udwin (Activism in Arts and Education Award).

Stephanie Winston Wolkoff also presented the “Changemakers and Educators Award” to Marc Brackett, Ph.D and Robin Stern, Ph.D. from the Center for Emotional Intelligence at Yale University for their work in integrating social and emotional well-being into schools, families and communities. Winston Wolkoff, Brackett and Stern also announced that they would be launching the Social Emotional Learning program with UNWFPA and Facebook Education.

The Luncheon Chairs were Ray Kelly (CEO of Guardian Group and former NYC Police Commissioner) and Alice M. Tisch (The Alice M. and Thomas J. Tisch Foundation). For a second year in a row, Young Host Committee Chair was Andrea J. Catsimatidis.

UNWFPA’s President, Barbara Winston thanked all involved. She declared, “We dream of a world in which all are prosperous, who can take good care of their children and in which there is no war.” She continued: “We need to promote the intersection of humanity with technology with the decisions only people you can provide. The United Nations Women for Peace Association has a mission to educate, to advance and champion giving a voice and platform to the empowerment of women and girls.”

“If we are to achieve lasting peace,” stated Leslee Udwin, “we are simply going to have begin with the children.” She elaborated, “Not one of us is is born discriminating against another based on race, religion, gender, sexual preference, or any other factor. We are taught to discriminate, as we are instructed in the ways of the world. [Think Equal] teaches empathy, emotional intelligence, gender equality, critical thinking, inclusion, peaceful conflict resolution. It teaches all these values, competences and skills from the ages of three until six.”

“I’m grateful to the UN Women for Peace Association, or, as I look to call it, UN-WOOF-PAH, for this incredible honor,” joked Ben Stiller. “I stand before you as the son of a mother, and the father of a daughter…I, like all men, owe my existence to women. These two women have had an incredible experience on me. One nurtured me, fed me, and taught me simple tasks like tieing my shoes. How my teenage daughter found the time to do these things while going to high school is a testament to her strength and patience. In reality, my mother was the most important voice in my life.”

Naeem Khan said, “Fashion has a lot to do with change in the world. There are a lot of problems in the fashion world.  From discrimination to hiring children to working in Bangladesh. How can a designer make change? I think with me, going to Guatemala, Honduras, or India. I might not be the biggest business, but I think I have the platform that I can teach these people and give them what I have learned through my life in America and see how I can uplift their lives.”

Deidre Pujols, “When I learned that we were going to be receiving this award, there was just no way that I was just going to have Albert [Pujols] and I here because there are people people working around the world tirelessly against injustices, and that is Table number Four for us. They are part of Strikeout Slavery. These are some of the most incredible people. I celebrate this award and share it with them.”

Robin Stern said, “Together, we will work together to change the woes of women and girls forever. Let today mark the beginning of our journey.” Dr. Marc Brackett asked, “Take a moment to think – how are you all feeling today?” He then elaborated on the importance of recognizing emotions and regulating them.

“Were we all inspired today?” concluded Barbara Winston. “Let’s all get together and do some work together!”

UNWFPA’s full Board of Directors is Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser (Founder and Chair), Barbara Winston (President), Rema DuPont (Vice President), Michal Grayevsky (Treasurer), Valbona Neritani, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

At the Luncheon, the Ambassadors for Peace included a variety of notable individuals, Sheikha Rima Al-Saba, H.R.H. Princess Camilla of Bourbon Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro, First Lady of Panama Lorena Castillo Garcia De Varela, Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder, Bushra Khayat Jomaa and Eugenio Lopez Alonso.

The UNWFPA Committee of Honor is Ambassador Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Kate Beckinsale, Ambassador Daniele Bodini, Geoffrey Bradfield, H.E. Mary Elizabeth Flores Flake, Deborra-Lee Furness, Ashley Graham, Heather Graham, Kat Graham, Karolína Kurková, Debra Messing, Ambassador Adrian Neritani, Laurice Rahmé, Kelly Rutherford, and Sir Patrick Stewart OBE.

UN Women for Peace Association, founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, raises awareness of the terrible crimes against women and girls. UNWFPA promotes and advances the goals of UN agencies who provide opportunities for women through social, cultural, educational, and empowerment programs under the banner of a global peace building process. Proceeds go directly to the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, which aims to prevent violence against women and girls, provides services and programs to those affected by violence, and strengthens the implementation of laws and policies on such violence.

All photos courtesy Noa Grayevsky

Albert Pujols’ MLB-sponsored ‘Strike Out Slavery’ campaign spotlights fight against human trafficking

Albert Pujols’ MLB-sponsored ‘Strike Out Slavery’ campaign spotlights fight against human trafficking

 

UNITED NATIONS — “The fight against modern slavery reaches the Big League,” the campaign page reads.

On Friday, Strike out Slavery, the anti-human trafficking group founded by baseball legend Albert Pujols and Deidre, his wife, received the U.N. Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) Humanitarian Award at U.N. Headquarters in New York.

Rema DuPont, a UNWFPA board member, presented the award to the Los Angeles Angels‘ first baseman and his wife, who have devoted themselves to fighting human trafficking not only in the United States but worldwide.

Albert Pujols, who had already begun spring training with the Angels in Arizona, said he came to New York for the award and will return right away, adding “gracias a Dios,” (thank God) he is better from his injuries.

Barbara Winston, the UNWFPA president, said, “It’s because of these high profile people … [human trafficking awareness is] beginning to get traction.”

Albert, Deidre and the representatives of Major League Baseball spoke with CBS News Radio for a segment produced by Jonathan Clark and Christopher Buckley on what the duo are doing to shine a spotlight on modern slavery.

“It’s a home run,” said Albert.

Both Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have been supportive. “We created Strike Out Slavery to increase awareness by players, fans and the general public,” Albert said.

For Deirdre, human trafficking goes beyond the traditional umbrella definition for the “act of recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud or coercion, under the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act.”

To her, it also includes the desperate prostitutes she encountered hustling near Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. That experience caused her to say “enough.” She told the audience filled with stars of film, design and sports — as well as dozens of diplomats — that she and Albert have been working on this issue for 19 years. They decided to formalize their efforts two years ago with the non-profit.

Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, CEO of Guardian Group and one of the event chairs, explained: “It’s more complex than people think; it’s not just a question of force.” He said that there are all sorts of pressures that enslave these victims.

“They have become passionate about raising awareness about human trafficking,” said Leonor Colon, MLB director of player operations. “To hear their passion about the cause was extremely inspiring. This is a topic that has affected our baseball family … and hearing the players speak about how they want to use their voice for those who do not have one was something that touched us.”

This month, MLB and the MLBPA jointly announced that they would contribute $500,000 through 2021 toward anti-trafficking non-profits, including Strike Out Slavery, that are dedicated to fighting human trafficking.

“Baseball has put this at the forefront of some of the work we’ve been doing on a charitable stage,” said Melanie LaGrande, MLB’s vice president of social responsibility.

With almost a dozen global partners, Strike Out Slavery has enlisted MLB teams and stadiums for exhibition games and concerts, including a recent performance by singer-songwriter Nick Jonas.

“It’s a home run for everybody,” Albert Pujols said on CBS News Radio, “and it’s an honor for everybody. If you are talking about 2017, we started with one stadium, and now we have four, maybe five this year. It is an honor and we are blessed to have accomplished what we accomplished. Our goal is to have all 30 ball clubs.”

It started with the Angel Stadium in 2017. Nationals Park jumped on board in 2018. “This year, we’ll be with the New York Mets and the Kansas City Royals … where I am from,” Deidre Puols said.

Last September, the Pujolses sponsored an evening event in Anaheim with a fireworks-lit-sky over Angel Stadium to shine a light, as they said, on the growing problem of sex trafficking around the world..

“Not in Our Ballpark” is the anthem of baseball’s fight

Human trafficking numbers are higher than ever before, Strike Out Slavery says, with 46 million victims worldwide. It is on the rise in the U.S. and “the fastest-growing criminal industry in the world, generating $150 billion annually.”

Survivors of human trafficking visit stadiums to speak with baseball fans and the community at the event.

Fashion icon Naeem Khan, who was at the U.N. event to receive an award for women’s empowerment, spoke about the impact of Strike Out Slavery: “The organization brings it to light. They are so involved getting the information out there. We are now becoming the ambassadors for this issue.”

Ben Stiller was also at the event to receive an advocacy award.

Human trafficking in the stadium lights

Albert and Deidre Pujols have been tireless in their effort to recruit MLB teams.

“My hope is that people will understand that what we’re trying to do is create an atmosphere in a baseball stadium that will allow people to get educated about human trafficking,” Deidre said. “It’s alarming how many people still often say, ‘Whoa, I didn’t know this was happening [in the U.S.].'”

She said that Albert, three-time National League most valuable player, had done work to help his native Dominican Republic, but the issue of human trafficking was new to both of them and they felt they had to make a contribution.

They ran two concerts in Anaheim and one at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. with plans in 2019 for events at Angel Stadium, Citi Field, Kauffman Stadium and Nationals Park. The hope is to have a concert in all 30 MLB ballparks in the future. Deidre is hoping for five teams this year. The concerts have been funded by the Pujolses personally with the teams partnering in the event.

“Professional sports is often a place where human trafficking happens,” Deidre said. “I’m not saying it happens all the time, and I’m not saying it happens in every stadium, but it does happen with professional sports and in sporting stadiums, and I had an encounter myself to prove that.”

In almost two decades in baseball, Deidre told CBS News Radio she had never had an encounter like the aforementioned one before. On Strike Out Slavery Day last year at Nationals Park, she was ordering a drink and spotted a group of girls in their early 20s interacting with the crowd about a gentleman’s club. She spent about 25 minutes with them and tried to discuss what they were doing. “This is why we have to get people educated,” Deidre said.

“It’s about keeping people safe”

At the U.N., there is a heightened awareness of the importance of educating young people about the risk of trafficking. A U.N. report published in January warns “the number of human trafficking victims is on the rise” as criminal gangs and terror groups prey increasingly on women and children to make money and bolster their numbers. The 90-page “Global Trafficking in Persons” report says that children, who account for 30 percent of all trafficking victims, include “far more” girls than boys. Sexual exploitation is the main motivation for the trafficking, the report says, accounting for about 59 percent.

Last year, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg joined the foundation’s efforts as an ambassador. Asked if Deidre had a wish list of players she wanted to recruit as ambassadors, she said she hoped for more “in a heartbeat.”

Deidre hopes to join Albert at spring training in Arizona this year, and she may go to Florida after that. This is where the MLBPA comes into play to help her seek players to join the effort.

Getting the information to the public through sports is “more than a home run,” said a diplomat attending the event. “They hit it out of the ballpark.”

Article written by Pamela Falk and originally published on CBS Sports.

UN Women For Peace Association Hosted a Cocktail Reception Ahead Of International Women’s Day

UN Women For Peace Association Hosted a Cocktail Reception Ahead Of International Women’s Day

Exclusive Gathering Held at Private Home of Ronald S. Lauder

UNWFPA’s Flagship Event to be Held on March 1 at UN Headquarters

 

NEW YORK, Feb. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Ambassador Ronald S. Lauder welcomed over 70 guests to his townhouse Monday night in advance of the UN Women for Peace Association’s upcoming Awards Luncheon on March 1, 2019, to be held at the UN Delegates Dining Room.

During the cocktail reception, Ambassador Lauder, a longtime supporter of UNWFPA, delivered welcoming remarks. UNWFPA President Barbara Winston and Luncheon Co-Chair Raymond Kelly, former NYC Police Commissioner and CEO of the Guardian Group, also spoke.

Ambassador Lauder, who hosted with his wife, Jo Carole Lauder, told the crowd that it was especially meaningful to host the event at his childhood home, which once belonged to his pathbreaking mother, Estée Lauder.

“My mother spent her life lifting women up and empowering them to achieve greatness. I know everyone here shares that mission, and I thank you for all that you do to end violence against women,” Ambassador Lauder said.

UNWFPA President Barbara Winston said: “Technology and humanity have to meet in order to provide the world with the courage and ambition to give each person their inalienable rights.”

“The UNWFPA is a vital organization devoted to raising awareness about the violence and indeed the atrocities perpetrated against women throughout the globe,” said Commissioner Kelly.

In addition to Commissioner Kelly, this year’s UNWFPA Awards Luncheon will be co-chaired by philanthropist Alice Tisch, who stood alongside Commissioner Kelly as he spoke.

Other guests at the elegant event included UNWFPA Treasurer Michal Grayevsky, and board members Stephanie Winston and Bona Neritani; Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah UNHCR’s National Goodwill AmbassadorSusanne Geller of the German American Chamber of Commerce; Ambassador Besiana Kadare, Albania’s Permanent Representative to the UN; Ambassador and Mrs.Kai Sauer, Finland’s Permanent Representative to the UN; H.E. Ms.Ngedikes Olai Uludong, Permanent Representative of Palau, and DPR Ms. Karen Van Vlierberge, Permanent Representation of Belgium to the UN.

This year’s Awards Luncheon will honor actor, writer and activist Ben Stiller; activist Leslee Udwin, CEO and founder of Think Equal; fashion designer Naeem Khan; and international philanthropists Albert and Deidre Pujols. UNWFPA will recognize Changemakers and Educators Marc Brackett Ph.D., Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, and Robin Stern Ph.D., Co-Founder & Associate Director of Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. Together UNWFPA, Yale and Facebook are bringing awareness to the importance of integrating social and emotional well-being into schools, families and communities as a pathway to peace around the world.

UN Women for Peace Association was founded in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, the wife of former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. The organization, which is led by Chair Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser and President Barbara Winston, helps to advance the goals of academic and charitable organizations that provide opportunities for women to partake in the global peace-building process through social, cultural, education and women empowerment programs.

Tickets and Tables for the Awards Luncheon on March 1 are still available for purchase at https://www.unwomenforpeace.org.

Above Photo credit: Amber De Vos for Patrick McMullan

UN Women For Peace Association Presented With $50K Donation For UN Trust Fund To End Violence Against Women

UN WOMEN FOR PEACE ASSOCIATION’S BOARD PRESENTED UN WOMEN WITH $50K DONATION FOR UN TRUST FUND TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AT UN HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK CITY

Photo by Noa Grayevsky

On Wednesday, January 16, 2019 UN Women for Peace Association (UNWFPA) presented to UN Women a donation of $50K to the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (“UN Trust Fund”). UNWFPA’s Board members Barbara Winston (President) and Michal Grayevsky (Treasurer) presented UN Women’s Resource Mobilization and Advocacy Managers Vesna Jaric and Charlotte Lecomte with the annual donation.

UNWFPA’s President Barbara Winston spoke about supporting UN Women, “UN Women for Peace Association’s aim is the empowerment of women and the elimination of violence against women and girls. The global situation is intolerable. We need to relentlessly pursue the foundations of violence against women and girls and change the dynamics that create them. Our determination, with our partners like UN Women and the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women, is helping fuel the universal yearning for peace and equality. We are ready to garner resources. By working together, we can be the crucible for change. We stand united in saying Women’s rights are Human Rights.”

Since 2008, UNWFPA has supported the UN Trust Fund will continue to do so indefinitely. This UN Trust Fund awards grants to initiatives that demonstrate that violence against women and girls can be systematically addressed, reduced and, with persistence, eliminated. Since its creation in 1996, the UN Trust Fund has awarded USD 128 million to 462 initiatives in 139 countries and territories.

UNWFPA believes violence against women and girls is intolerable; yet, as you read this, five million women and girls globally are living in forced sexual exploitation, victims of human trafficking. More than 60 million girls have no access to – or are being deliberately excluded from – primary and secondary school. One in three women experience violence from an intimate partner or sexual violence from a stranger in their lifetime.

Looking ahead, UN Women for Peace Association’s Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on March 1, 2019 in celebration of International Women’s Day in the Delegates Dining Lounge at the United Nations Headquarters. This year UNWFPA will honor fashion designer Naeem Khan and philanthropists Albert and Deidre Pujols. The luncheon Chairs are Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Alice M. Tisch. Proceeds will be given to the UN Trust Fund.

You can purchase tickets to the luncheon on www.unwomenforpeace.org or by contacting JKS Events, Katie Hush at 212.203.9761 or emailRSVP@UNWOMENPEACE.ORG.

UN Women For Peace Association
The UN Women for Peace Association is dedicated to activities that promote tolerance and respect toward the creation of a peaceful world. We envision a world in which women everywhere have the same opportunities: Access to education; Opportunities to impact the societies around them in a meaningful and positive capacity; Freedom to live in peace, in an environment characterized by tolerance, respect, empowerment, and hope; and Protection from violence and freedom from the threat of violence.

UNWFPA’s Board of Directors includes: Dame Muna Rihani Al-Nasser (Founder and Chair), Barbara Winston (President), Rema DuPont (Vice President), Michal Grayevsky (Treasurer), Sheikha Rima Al-Sabah, Valbona Neritani, and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff.

Original article published in Black Tie Magazine.

تقديم الجوائز السنوية الثانية لجي أس سي الدولية للمبتكرين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي للعام 2018

Note: This article was originally published on the Iranian news site Iran News Gazette and is posted in its entirety in its original language of Arabic.

تقديم الجوائز السنوية الثانية لجي أس سي الدولية للمبتكرين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي للعام 2018

رئيس جي سي أس إنترناشيونال ميكال غرافيسكي يقدم الجوائز لصانعي الأفلام الشباب الذين استكشفوا موضوع “قفوا مع السلام.”

نيويورك، 19 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر، 2018 / بي آر نيوزواير / — قدم رئيس شركة جي سي أس آي مايكل غرافيسكي اليوم جوائز جي أس سي الدولية السنوية الثانية للمبدعين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي 2018. وأنتج كل واحد من الفائزين الثلاثة بالجائزة – راج دوتا من الهند،  بوتي بوار من إندونيسيا وشبهام أبريتي من الهند – فيديو مدته دقيقة واحدة حول موضوع “قفوا مع السلام.”

وقد تم تقديم الجوائز للسيدة بوار والسيد دوتا خلال حفل وسام المرشح في مهرجان إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي الذي أقيم في فندق سوفيتيل في وسط مدينة نيويورك. أما السيد أوبريتي فقد تسلم الجائزة غيابيا.

وقال ميكال غرافيسكي، رئيس شركة جي أس سي إنترناشيونال، وعضو مجلس الإدارة للأكاديمية الدولية، ورئيس قسم الاتصالات في شركة آر أس أل للاستثمارات II: “نحتفل اليوم بمبدعين شباب يعملون على الترويج للسلام في جميع أنحاء العالم. التحديات التي تواجه عالمنا هائلة، لكن الفائزين البارزين لهذا العام يمنحوننا سببا لنكون متفائلين.”

وأضاف غرافيسكي: “أريد أن أعرب عن امتناني للسفير رونالد ل. لودر، الذي مكننا من توفير هذه الجوائز السخية، والذي يمثل التزامه الدائم بالسلام مصدر إلهام لنا جميعا.”

الفائزون بجائزة جي أس سي للمبدعين الدوليين الشباب هم راج دوتا من الهند الذي فاز على فيلمه القصير “قميص الشاي”، الذي يوضح كيف يمكن لبراءة صبي صغير أن تذكرنا بأننا نستطيع اختيار السلام؛ وبوتي بوار من إندونيسيا على فيلمها القصير “السلام هو العمل”، وهو فيلم صور متحركة يبين كيف يمكننا البحث عن السلام من خلال مقاومة التنمر على الإنترنت؛ وشبهام أبريتي من الهند عن فيلمه القصير “مستر سلام”، الذي يحكي قصة رجل تركه عالمنا السريع الخطى وراءه.

وكان الترشيح لفوز بجائزة جي أس سي الدولية للمبدعين الشباب قد فتح للمتسابقين من جميع أنحاء العالم الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 18 و 29 عامًا. تم اختيار ثلاثة فائزين بناءً على معايير المفهوم والتنفيذ وتطوير الشخصيات والإبداع.  تألفت لجنة المحلفين من: ميكال غرافيسكي، رئيس شركة  جي أس سي إنترناشيونال، سيدة بنما الأولى لورينا كاستيلو غارسيا دي فاريلا؛ باتريك كونولي، نائب الرئيس الأول للبرامج لـ أيه أم سي/تلفزيون سندانس غلوبال،، أيمي هارغريفيس، الممثلة والمخرجة، موجان مارنو، الممثلة والمخرجة، بين باين، المستشار المستقل، بين ميديا، ستيفن سغالر، نائب الرئيس للبرامج، دبليو نت القناة 13 ودانييل ويدمان، رئيس المكتب، مكتب الأميركتين، تلفزيون غلوبو.

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‫تقديم الجوائز السنوية الثانية لجي أس سي الدولية للمبتكرين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي للعام 2018

Note: This article was originally published on the Palestinian news site Palestine News Gazette and is posted in its entirety in its original language of Arabic.

‫تقديم الجوائز السنوية الثانية لجي أس سي الدولية للمبتكرين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي للعام 2018

رئيس جي سي أس إنترناشيونال ميكال غرافيسكي يقدم الجوائز لصانعي الأفلام الشباب الذين استكشفوا موضوع “قفوا مع السلام.”

نيويورك، 19 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر، 2018 / بي آر نيوزواير / — قدم رئيس شركة جي سي أس آي مايكل غرافيسكي اليوم جوائز جي أس سي الدولية السنوية الثانية للمبدعين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي 2018. وأنتج كل واحد من الفائزين الثلاثة بالجائزة – راج دوتا من الهند،  بوتي بوار من إندونيسيا وشبهام أبريتي من الهند – فيديو مدته دقيقة واحدة حول موضوع “قفوا مع السلام.”

وقد تم تقديم الجوائز للسيدة بوار والسيد دوتا خلال حفل وسام المرشح في مهرجان إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي الذي أقيم في فندق سوفيتيل في وسط مدينة نيويورك. أما السيد أوبريتي فقد تسلم الجائزة غيابيا.

وقال ميكال غرافيسكي، رئيس شركة جي أس سي إنترناشيونال، وعضو مجلس الإدارة للأكاديمية الدولية، ورئيس قسم الاتصالات في شركة آر أس أل للاستثمارات II: “نحتفل اليوم بمبدعين شباب يعملون على الترويج للسلام في جميع أنحاء العالم. التحديات التي تواجه عالمنا هائلة، لكن الفائزين البارزين لهذا العام يمنحوننا سببا لنكون متفائلين.”

وأضاف غرافيسكي: “أريد أن أعرب عن امتناني للسفير رونالد ل. لودر، الذي مكننا من توفير هذه الجوائز السخية، والذي يمثل التزامه الدائم بالسلام مصدر إلهام لنا جميعا.”

الفائزون بجائزة جي أس سي للمبدعين الدوليين الشباب هم راج دوتا من الهند الذي فاز على فيلمه القصير “قميص الشاي”، الذي يوضح كيف يمكن لبراءة صبي صغير أن تذكرنا بأننا نستطيع اختيار السلام؛ وبوتي بوار من إندونيسيا على فيلمها القصير “السلام هو العمل”، وهو فيلم صور متحركة يبين كيف يمكننا البحث عن السلام من خلال مقاومة التنمر على الإنترنت؛ وشبهام أبريتي من الهند عن فيلمه القصير “مستر سلام”، الذي يحكي قصة رجل تركه عالمنا السريع الخطى وراءه.

وكان الترشيح لفوز بجائزة جي أس سي الدولية للمبدعين الشباب قد فتح للمتسابقين من جميع أنحاء العالم الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 18 و 29 عامًا. تم اختيار ثلاثة فائزين بناءً على معايير المفهوم والتنفيذ وتطوير الشخصيات والإبداع.  تألفت لجنة المحلفين من: ميكال غرافيسكي، رئيس شركة  جي أس سي إنترناشيونال، سيدة بنما الأولى لورينا كاستيلو غارسيا دي فاريلا؛ باتريك كونولي، نائب الرئيس الأول للبرامج لـ أيه أم سي/تلفزيون سندانس غلوبال،، أيمي هارغريفيس، الممثلة والمخرجة، موجان مارنو، الممثلة والمخرجة، بين باين، المستشار المستقل، بين ميديا، ستيفن سغالر، نائب الرئيس للبرامج، دبليو نت القناة 13 ودانييل ويدمان، رئيس المكتب، مكتب الأميركتين، تلفزيون غلوبو.

الاتصال: Office@MG745Fifth.com

فيديو: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvFKSLDdMOc
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‫تقديم الجوائز السنوية الثانية لجي أس سي الدولية للمبتكرين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي للعام 2018

Note: This article was originally published on the Saudi Arabian news site Saudi Arabia Tribune and is posted in its entirety in its original language of Arabic.

‫تقديم الجوائز السنوية الثانية لجي أس سي الدولية للمبتكرين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي للعام 2018

رئيس جي سي أس إنترناشيونال ميكال غرافيسكي يقدم الجوائز لصانعي الأفلام الشباب الذين استكشفوا موضوع “قفوا مع السلام.”

نيويورك، 19 تشرين الثاني/نوفمبر، 2018 / بي آر نيوزواير / — قدم رئيس شركة جي سي أس آي مايكل غرافيسكي اليوم جوائز جي أس سي الدولية السنوية الثانية للمبدعين الشباب في حفل إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي 2018. وأنتج كل واحد من الفائزين الثلاثة بالجائزة – راج دوتا من الهند،  بوتي بوار من إندونيسيا وشبهام أبريتي من الهند – فيديو مدته دقيقة واحدة حول موضوع “قفوا مع السلام.”

وقد تم تقديم الجوائز للسيدة بوار والسيد دوتا خلال حفل وسام المرشح في مهرجان إيمي التلفزيوني الدولي الذي أقيم في فندق سوفيتيل في وسط مدينة نيويورك. أما السيد أوبريتي فقد تسلم الجائزة غيابيا.

وقال ميكال غرافيسكي، رئيس شركة جي أس سي إنترناشيونال، وعضو مجلس الإدارة للأكاديمية الدولية، ورئيس قسم الاتصالات في شركة آر أس أل للاستثمارات II: “نحتفل اليوم بمبدعين شباب يعملون على الترويج للسلام في جميع أنحاء العالم. التحديات التي تواجه عالمنا هائلة، لكن الفائزين البارزين لهذا العام يمنحوننا سببا لنكون متفائلين.”

وأضاف غرافيسكي: “أريد أن أعرب عن امتناني للسفير رونالد ل. لودر، الذي مكننا من توفير هذه الجوائز السخية، والذي يمثل التزامه الدائم بالسلام مصدر إلهام لنا جميعا.”

لفائزون بجائزة جي أس سي للمبدعين الدوليين الشباب هم راج دوتا من الهند الذي فاز على فيلمه القصير “قميص الشاي”، الذي يوضح كيف يمكن لبراءة صبي صغير أن تذكرنا بأننا نستطيع اختيار السلام؛ وبوتي بوار من إندونيسيا على فيلمها القصير “السلام هو العمل”، وهو فيلم صور متحركة يبين كيف يمكننا البحث عن السلام من خلال مقاومة التنمر على الإنترنت؛ وشبهام أبريتي من الهند عن فيلمه القصير “مستر سلام”، الذي يحكي قصة رجل تركه عالمنا السريع الخطى وراءه.

وكان الترشيح لفوز بجائزة جي أس سي الدولية للمبدعين الشباب قد فتح للمتسابقين من جميع أنحاء العالم الذين تتراوح أعمارهم بين 18 و 29 عامًا. تم اختيار ثلاثة فائزين بناءً على معايير المفهوم والتنفيذ وتطوير الشخصيات والإبداع.  تألفت لجنة المحلفين من: ميكال غرافيسكي، رئيس شركة  جي أس سي إنترناشيونال، سيدة بنما الأولى لورينا كاستيلو غارسيا دي فاريلا؛ باتريك كونولي، نائب الرئيس الأول للبرامج لـ أيه أم سي/تلفزيون سندانس غلوبال،، أيمي هارغريفيس، الممثلة والمخرجة، موجان مارنو، الممثلة والمخرجة، بين باين، المستشار المستقل، بين ميديا، ستيفن سغالر، نائب الرئيس للبرامج، دبليو نت القناة 13 ودانييل ويدمان، رئيس المكتب، مكتب الأميركتين، تلفزيون غلوبو.

لاتصال: Office@MG745Fifth.com

فيديو: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HvFKSLDdMOc
الصورة:

Puti Karina Puar, Pemenang International Emmy 2018

Note: This article was originally published on the Indonesian news site Good News From Indonesia and is posted in its entirety in its original language of Indonesian.

Puti Karina Puar, Pemenang International Emmy 2018

Kompetisi video pendek berdurasi satu menit yang digelar di JCSI Young Creative Award – International Emmy 2018, melahirkan seorang putri bangsa sebagai pemenangnya. Dialah Puti Karina Puar!

Puti menjadi salah satu dari tiga pemenang, dengan video bertema Stand Up for Peace (Memperjuangkan Kedamaian). Sementara dua video pemenang lainnya berjudul TeaShirt buatan Raj Dutta dari India, dan Mr. Peace karya Shubham Upreti yang juga berasal dari India.

Secara singkat, video berjudul Peace in Action yang dibuat Puti menjelaskan bahwa menciptakan perdamaian terkadang butuh perjuangan ekstra keras. Perdamaian kerap disamakan dengan ketenangan, tapi untuk menciptakan perdamaian tidak melulu bisa dilakukan dengan ketenangan.

Terkadang manusia harus ambil tindakan demi terciptanya kedamaian. Contohnya adalah menghentikan pelecehan di internet, atau bergabung dengan gerakan-gerakan massa yang menyebar pesan perdamaian.

Puti memulai videonya dengan pemahaman awal dirinya tentang kedamaian. Dulu ia memercayai kedamaian adalah situasi yang tenang tapi tidak bisa dipaksakan. Dengan animasi patung Buddha dan pemandangan di langit malam, scene kemudian beralih ke pemukiman dan bertuliskan “That it should be inside every human being” (perdamaian seharusnya tertanam di seluruh jiwa manusia).

Animasi berikutnya menunjukkan seorang anak perempuan yang gusar karena banyaknya perilaku negatif di internet. Berita hoaks, rasisme, pelecehan siber, ujaran kebencian, dan kata-kata kotor lainnya misalnya.

Situasi itu mendorong si anak perempuan untuk melaporkan segala tindak tak terpuji di internet, dan menyerukan pesan perdamaian melalui kalimat-kalimat sederhana. Namun realitanya tentu tak semudah itu, karena seringkali niatan memunculkan perdamaian mendapat pertentangan dari banyak orang.

Meski demikian, dengan memulai aksi perdamaian dari diri sendiri, bisa memicu orang lain untuk berbuat serupa. Akhirnya, aksi-aksi perdamaian banyak digalakan masyarakat, yang diilustrasikan di animasi scene terakhir.

Kontestan di International Emmy 2018 ada 39 negara, dengan ratusan video yang diseleksi dewan juri. Video karya Puti Karina Puar jadi salah satu yang terbaik, dan trofi penghargaan telah diterimanya pada 17 November lalu di New York.

Karya yang luar biasa dari Puti Karina Puar. Selamat, ya!

Israeli Sitcom Takes International Emmy For Best Comedy

Israeli Sitcom Takes International Emmy For Best Comedy

“Nevsu”, an Israeli sitcom about a young multiracial couple and tensions that prejudice cause in their marriage and daily life, won the International Emmy for best comedy at a ceremony in New York on Monday night.

Nevsu, which means “soul” in the Amharic language of Ethiopia, tells the story of the marriage of Gili, played by series co-creator Yosi Vasa, an Israeli man of Ethiopian origins, and Tamar, an Ashkenazi woman, emphasizing with humor the differences in the couple’s backgrounds.

When it debuted in 2017, Nevsu was the first Israeli show to include an Ethiopian character in a primetime show.

“When I realized I won, I screamed,” Vasa said shortly after the ceremony. “ It’s very exciting, we really did not plan to win the Emmy when we set out.”

“Congratulations to Yosi Vasa and the crew of the Nevsu series for winning the best comedy at International Emmy,” Sports and Culture Minister Miri Regev said Tuesday. “Nevsu copes through humor with the prejudices toward the Ethiopian community – opinions that still exist in Israeli society. The positive and successful presence of members of the Ethiopian community in the cultural world in Israel and abroad is one of the most important tasks that I took upon myself in the reforms that I am leading in Israeli culture,” she concluded.

In April, Fox Television Network produced a pilot of the Israeli comedy adapting it for an American audience under the title “Culture Clash” and set to feature the life of an African-American refugee with a traditional Midwestern girl.

Nevsu is not the first Israeli show to win an international Emmy. In October “Forever Pure”, an Israeli documentary about the controversial Beitar Jerusalem’s hardcore fan club, known as La Familia, won an Emmy Award in the Outstanding Politics & Government Documentary category and in 2010, the Israeli sitcom “Ramzor” won best comedy.

Article originally posted in The Jewish Voice.  Written by Mara Vigevani, photo by Tal Givoni.