Parliament Trustee, Kehkashan Basu, Awarded "Voices Youth Award" | parliamentofreligions.org

Image Courtesy of Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons (URI)

Newly elected Parliament Trustee and founder of the Green Hope Foundation, Ms. Kehkashan Basu, has been awarded the "Voices Youth Award" from Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons. The award was presented by former US Secretary of State, George P. Shultz, who celebrated his 100th birthday on December 13, 2020, named in his honor and also in honor of Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the USSR.

As previously reported by the Parliament, the selection of Kehkashan Basu to receive the first annual "Voices Youth Award" was a part of this year's commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945. She received the newly minted award on January 6, 2021.

In August, Ms. Basu shared with the Parliament that, "I am truly honoured and humbled to receive this award, and am deeply grateful to "Voices for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons" for highlighting the critically important role of young people in peacebuilding, non-proliferation and disarmament. This award also vindicates my belief that we cannot solve these pressing issues through rhetoric alone - the need of the hour is collaborative action at all levels. This award is a recognition of the importance of young people in peacebuilding and nuclear disarmament. For me, personally, it means a lot as it acknowledges the work that the thousands of young members of Green Hope Foundation do everyday at a grassroots level on peace, nuclear disarmament education, and social justice. I believe that education is the most powerful tool to create a peaceful and sustainable world. So my call to action is 'We Want Books, Not Nukes!” Read the full post here