With the purpose of encouraging and honouring inspiring activists dedicated to the protection of children and their rights, Protecting Environment and Children Everywhere (PEaCE) proudly announces the call for nominations for the Outstanding Personality Award 2017 for Child Rights Activists. This award was introduced by PEaCE at the celebration of its 25th Anniversary in 2016, in parallel with the celebration of the Universal Children’s Day. This is a well-recognized award both locally and internationally. Dedicated child rights activist Mrs. Gethsie Shanmugam who was the first winner of this award was also presented the world-renowned Ramon Magsaysay Award recently in 2017 for ‘rebuilding lives from the psychosocial wounds of war and violence’.

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The Award is open to three individuals who have compassion, dedication and courage towards protecting the rights of Sri Lankan children and it will be formally presented to the selected activists at this year’s Universal Children’s Day celebration, scheduled to be held at Sri Lanka Foundation Institute on the 20th November 2017. The Award consists of a memento; a certificate signed by the chief guest and an honorarium of a significant amount.


The nominee shall be a female or a male activist who has made substantial and long-term contribution towards child rights and protection demonstrating a level of dedication or achievement beyond what is ¬†expected in the normal course of an individual’s work. Nominations shall be made electronically and contain these details:

  1. Short statement (not more than 700 words) describing the reasons for nominating the individual for the Award.
  2. Bio-Data of the nominee (not more than 3 pages in PDF format).
  3. Additional information, including a photograph of the nominee, must be provided by the nominating member upon request.
  4. Name and contact details of one non-related referee, in addition to the nominating member.
  5. Brief description of the nominator (300 words max.)

Completed nominations must be submitted on or before November 05, 2017 to PEaCE email: info@ecpatsrilanka.org. Nominations will not be entertained from the members of subordinate staffs, relatives or beneficiaries of the nominee to maintain transparency.

Selection Process

A three-member independent selection committee consisting of professionals and academics, appointed by the Board of Directors of PEaCE will decide on the Award winners. The winners will be notified by November 10th 2017 and be publicly announced at the celebration where he/she will be expected to deliver a speech of maximum 10 minutes.

The Organisation

PEaCE was launched in 1991 as a campaign to support the global initiative of ECPAT International. It is also known as ECPAT Sri Lanka and a founder of ECPAT International. ECPAT is an international network of organisations and individuals working together to eliminate child prostitution, child pornography and the trafficking of children for sexual purposes. Today, we have 90 ECPAT members in 82 countries across all regions of the world. PEaCE aims to nurture collaborations among local civil society activists and to widen the child rights community to form a network for protection of children from sexual exploitation.