Inaugural Gala 2016

  • Award-winning actress and peace activist - Ms Sharon Stone

The Peace, Justice and Security Foundation hosted its inaugural gala on the 5th September 2016 at the Hilton The Hague co-hosted by Cinema For Peace and African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET).


Speakers at the gala included:

– United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights – H.E. Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein (click here for a video of his speech);

– The President of the International Criminal Court – H.E. Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi;

– Award-winning actress and peace activist – Ms Sharon Stone;

– United Nations Global Ambassador for Peace and Justice (SDG 16) and Nobel Peace Prize Nominee – Mr Victor Ochen;

– Cyber Psychologist and Advisor to the European Cyber Crime Centre (EC3) at Europol – Professor Dr. Mary Aiken; and

– Director of the Cybercrime Research Institute – Professor Marco Gercke.


Other notable guests included Ms Katja Riemann – German award-winning actress and activist, and Mr Rutger Hauer – Dutch actor, writer and environmentalist.


The hosting organisations handed our awards on the night: The Peace Justice and Security Foundation to Ilse and Femke van Velzen (If Productions – The Netherlands) for using film to educate and highlight global issues to create awareness through their Mobile Cinema project which aims to bring back their films in the form of outreach campaigns in the countries where they were shot. For educational projects tailor-made films are developed and screened in traveling mobile cinema. Their film Weapon of War is used to educate new army recruits in the DRC about sexual violence in conflict.


AYINET awarded Mr Freddy Mutanguha. Freddy survived Rwanda’s 1994 genocide as a teenager, and as an orphan head of household, he worked his way through school to become a leading advocate for peace and human rights education, helping to found AERG, Rwanda’s student survivors association, and going on to become Secretary General of IBUKA, the national umbrella association for Rwandan genocide survivors. Freddy has led the development of Aegis’ peace education programme in Rwanda and is now leading Aegis’ work to take this model beyond the borders of Rwanda to areas at risk, including the Central African Republic, South Sudan and Kenya.


Cinema for Peace awarded Ms Lillian Tintori for her humanitarian work in trying to secure aid, especially medical aid for the people of Venezuela.


Musical performances on the night were from a local group in The Hague – Urban Daughter Ensemble and Dutch pop artist – Mister Fortune featuring Syrian Refugee Yaman Kord.


Guests at the gala included local businesses and residents in The Hague, civil society and international guests.


The Foundation wishes to thank the sponsors who made the event possible: Prof. Dr. Mary Aiken for her donation in the name of her new book “the Cyber Effect” which highlights important issues such as child protection in cyber contexts, Dr. Hermann Buehlbecker (Lambertz), Sixt Car Rental, Swati, Ms Constanta Manke and Diplomat Magazine.


Click here for the full list of partners and sponsors.