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Updated: May 11, 2010 01:54 IST

Award for Vandana Shiva

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Vandana Shiva. Photo: Vipin Chandran
Vandana Shiva. Photo: Vipin Chandran

Physicist and environmentalist Vandana Shiva has been awarded the prestigious Sydney Peace Prize this year in recognition of her works in social justice.

The 57-year-old philosopher, environmentalist, women's activist and author has won the award for her work on empowerment of women in developing countries, advocacy of the human rights of small farming communities, and scientific analysis of environmental sustainability, a Sydney University release said.

Ms. Shiva will give the City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture at the Sydney Opera House on November 3. She will be presented with the prize the next evening.

She is one of the leaders at the International Forum on Globalisation and the Third World Network. She has earlier received the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Programme and the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize.'

She is the founder of Navdanya, an environmental NGO that promotes organic farming.

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