Country for PR: Japan
Contributor: Kyodo News JBN
Friday, February 26 2021 - 17:00
38th Niwano Peace Prize Awarded to Taiwan's Venerable Shih Chao-hwei
TOKYO, Feb. 26, 2021 /Kyodo JBN-AsiaNet/ --

The Niwano Peace Foundation will award the 38th Niwano Peace Prize to the 
Venerable Shih Chao-hwei of Taiwan in recognition of her peace-building work 
through the safeguarding of all forms of life, promotion of gender equality, 
and open-minded dialogue with different religious leaders and social groups.

An award presentation ceremony will take place in Tokyo on June 2. In addition 
to an award certificate, Ven. Shih will receive a medal and a cash prize of 20 
million yen.

Born in 1957 in Yangon, Myanmar, Ven. Shih moved to Taiwan in 1965 and was 
ordained in 1980. She teaches religious studies at Hsuan Chuang University as a 
professor. She is the founder of the Life Conservationist Association, which 
lobbies for animal rights. She was awarded the International Outstanding Women 
in Buddhism Medal in 2009, and the Person of the Year Prize for social 
movements in 2012.

In selecting Ven. Shih as a recipient for 2021, the Niwano Peace Prize 
Committee said her view of Buddhist faith "as more of a profound philosophy 
than simply a the foundation of her activism." Calling her an 
internationally renowned "engaged Buddhist," one Committee member noted she is 
"a gender rights activist and animal rights advocate" who also is "vocal about 
various social and political issues" in Taiwan.

Niwano Peace Prize:
The Niwano Peace Foundation established the Niwano Peace Prize to honor and 
encourage individuals and organizations that have contributed significantly to 
inter-religious cooperation, thereby furthering the cause of world peace, and 
to make their achievements known as widely as possible. The Foundation hopes in 
this way to enhance inter-religious understanding and cooperation and to 
encourage the emergence of still more persons devoted to working for world 
peace. The prize is named in honor of the founder and first president of the 
lay Buddhist organization Rissho Kosei-kai, Nikkyo Niwano. 

Niwano Peace Foundation:
The Niwano Peace Foundation was chartered in 1978 to contribute to the 
realization of world peace and the enhancement of a culture of peace. The 
foundation promotes research and other activities based on the spirit of 
religious principles and serves the cause of peace in such fields as education, 
science, religion and philosophy. 

Source: Niwano Peace Foundation 

(Mr.) Seiji Hironaka/ (Ms.) Natsuki Kudo
Niwano Peace Foundation
Tel: +81-3-3226-4371 
Fax: +81-3-3226-1835