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The SecDev Foundation’s Former SalamaTech Field Member Receives Prestigious Peace Award

The SecDev Foundation is proud to announce that one of its former field team members, Mayson Almisri, has won the 2020 Gandhi Peace Award. Almisri received the award in recognition of her brave work, helping communities in war-torn Syria stay safe.

“We are very proud that Mayson has been recognized through this prestigious award,” says Deirdre Collings, the SecDev Foundation’s Executive Director. “She was one of our first female digital safety trainers – a key member of our Digital First Responders in Syria – helping other women in the war-ridden country to stay safe online.”

The SecDev Foundation recognized Almisri’s contribution to promoting basic digital safety knowledge and skills among Syrian communities, by featuring her in its 2018 Cyber Women campaign. The campaign celebrated inspiring women around the world who used digital technology to innovate.

The Gandhi Peace Award is an award and cash prize presented annually since 1960 by Promoting Enduring Peace, a US-based peace advocacy organization, to individuals for “contributions made in the promotion of international peace and good will”. Previous recipients of the award included Martin Luther King, Eleanor Roosevelt, Ralph Nader, Cesar Chavez, etc.

This year, Al Misri received the award jointly with Dr. Zaher Sahloul, the former president of the Syrian-American Medical Society.