Pacifists to back McKechnie award

Anti-war charity Peace Direct is to sponsor one of the new Sheila McKechnie Awards for campaigners.

The Peace Direct award will be open to people working for conflict resolution and will be one of 10 Sheila McKechnie Foundation categories. Others include economic justice, human rights and consumer issues.

"Part of our mission is to bring conflict resolution within the mainstream of charitable activity," said Peace Direct chief executive Carolyn Hayman. "We're thrilled that the Charity Commission has agreed it can be a legitimate award area."

Hayman said examples of the kinds of campaigns that judges were looking for included Corner House's recent exposure of the relaxation of government anti-corruption rules.

Winners will receive a tailored package of support, including up to 10 days a year working with experts in the media, politics or research.

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