IBFAN Receives The Right Livelihood Award
IBFAN proud to receive the “Alternative Nobel Prize”
IBFAN is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 1998 Right Livelihood Award (RLA). The Award, commonly known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”, was presented recently in Stockholm, Sweden. IBFAN shares the award with a Chilean activist, an American environmentalist and two peace workers from the war-torn Balkans.
Established in 1980 by Jacob von Uexkull, a Swedish-German writer, philatelic expert, and former member of the European Parliament, the RLA recognizes groups and individuals for their “vision and work contributing to making life more whole, healing our planet and uplifting humanity.” The RLA is presented annually in the Swedish Parliament and according to the United Nations Development Forum is “Among the world’s most prestigious awards.”
IBFAN wishes to thank its funders and many supporters around the world and wants to share this honour with the thousands of committed individuals who work to defend every mother’s right to breastfeed and every child’s right to be breastfed.
RLA challenges companies to put infant health before profits
The RLA Jury has honoured IBFAN “for its committed and effective campaigning over nearly twenty years for the rights of mothers to choose to breastfeed their babies, in the full knowledge of the health benefits of breastmilk, and free from the commercial pressure and misinformation with which companies promote breastmilk substitutes.” The RLA calls on governments everywhere to legislate according to the World Health Organisation’s International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, and challenges the companies which continue to break and bend the Code to put the health and lives of babies before their profits.
Congratulations on receiving the Right Livelihood Award