Hinewai Clark, awardee, at the Auckland award ceremony 2017
Open for applications March 2022
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Purpose of the award
The Sonja Davies Peace Award was set up to remember the contribution of Sonja Davies, trade unionist, first woman member of the Federation of Labour Executive, founder of the Working Women’s Council and Labour MP. Sonja Davies was the author of Bread and Roses, a fascinating political autobiography that was later made into a movie. She died in 2005 at the age of 81.
The award promotes initiatives that advance peace in New Zealand. The award is available to a woman or group led by a woman who is developing an initiative that will help them create a more peaceful world at home, school, the workplace, or in the community.
Peace is defined as the elimination of violence within families, lessening conflict between groups within society, freedom from civil disorder, and cessation of war. It extends to activities which foster mediation or resolution of conflict by means other than violence.
Value of the award: Up to $4,000
A woman or a group led by a woman, who are:
New Zealand citizens (or hold a resident class visa)
Intend to use the award to carry out an initiative which advances peace in New Zealand, OR
intend to use the award to undertake training that on completion will be applied to a peace-related activity in New Zealand
Live in New Zealand
Tertiary study or research projects are NOT eligible for this award nor are previous award winners of this award.
Selection criteria When selecting awardees, the selection panel considers the following:
The benefit to the advancement of peace in New Zealand; and to women and/or girls in New Zealand
The relevance of the initiative to the advancement of peace in Aotearoa New Zealand
The experience of the applicant(s), particularly their capability to carry out the initiative
Evidence of planning, financial need and budget sustainability
If you are eligible for this award, please complete the online application form from 1 March and submit it by the closing date 15 April.