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Dr Husna Ahmad received an Ambassador for Peace award on 15th April 2010 in UPF-UK HQ, 43 Lancaster Gate, London. Dr. Ahmad has been a dedicated member of Faith Regen Foundation’s staff since its inception in 2002 and has previously held the position of Director of Operations, overseeing the smooth running of all projects within the organisation. www.faithregenuk.org
Harare, Zimbabwe - The first black prime minister of an interim white-dominated government before Zimbabwe's independence, Bishop Abel Muzorewa, died at his Harare home on April 8. He was 85.
A Methodist bishop, Muzorewa joined the government of the short-lived Zimbabwe-Rhodesia in a deal with Ian Smith, the last white prime minister, in 1978, two years ahead of the first all race elections that swept President Robert Mugabe to power and dropped the name of Rhodesia, as the former British colony was known. He was granted peace awards by both Pope John II and the United Nations in the 1970s for his efforts to liberate his country from the United Kingdom. Bishop Muzorewa was a member of UPF's Presiding Council.
Since arriving in England over thirty years ago, Dr Hojjat Ramzy has dedicated his life to the propagation of knowledge and the provision of accurate and accessible information concerning Islam to the community of Oxfordshire, in which he is currently based, and far beyond, in order to further understanding and peaceful coexistence amongst faith in this ever developing, multi-cultural country.
Jack Lynes, who explained what Passover has meant to him and the customs his family practices in a speech entitled, 'Passover - the Freedom Pass' was presented an Ambassador for Peace award for his voluntary interfaith activities during the Joint Faiths Celebration on April 15th, 2010.
Ms. Rita Payne is a freelance journalist, media adviser and Chair of the UK branch of the Commonwealth Journalists Association whose main mission is to promote media freedom and the protection of journalists. She is regularly invited to write, address, moderate or organise debates and discussions on topical issues for the CJA and outside organisations. Until her retirement in 2008, she spent nearly thirty years with the BBC. Her last position was Asia Editor, BBC World News (TV) with responsibility for three news programmes a day. Before moving to TV she was a news editor/producer/presenter at BBC World Service radio. She has been invited to moderate two sessions at the UN World Urban Forum in March, 2010. She was shortlisted for the BBC Global Reith Awards 2009.
Her speech celebrating the International Day of Women, 'Women and Success: Is Hard Work Enough?' can be read here.
Mrs. Ella Marks, the current President of the League of Jewish Women (LJW), was trained as a social worker, and worked in local government with children and families, and later became a lecturer on Social Work. Since retiring she has done many voluntary jobs with the League of Jewish Women especially reading for blind and partially sighted people.