Us was inspired by the example of Belarusian patriot Nina Baginskaya
The Nina Baginskaya* Courage Award (sometimes called the Nina Baginskaya Award for Civil ) is named for the Belarusian woman Nina Baginskaya. The Civil Courage Award is a human rights award that recognizes "steadfast resistance to evil at great personal risk". The prize was founded in 2020 by the International Fundraising Center (IFC) Belarusan diaspora.
Fellow protesters and people around the world have celebrated the 73-year-old woman, who marched with the Belarusian flag and engaged in confrontations with police, therefore established the National Award for other people in Belarus.
About Nina Baginskaya
Nina Bahinskaya cuts a frail but resolute figure amid the crowds protesting the presidential election results in Belarus that are widely seen as rigged. Since 1988, she regularly visits important protests with her flag and follows the old Belarusian dress-code, and also maintains solitary protests. She has been detained dozens of times and spent many nights in jails over the years.
Bahinskaya received many fines for activism.
"My parents told me stories that up until ‘53 there were black vans driving around Minsk, arresting people and sending them to unknown places. The same thing is happening today. History repeats itself, and it’s sad. But look, the people don’t live in fear anymore, despite the police trucks, they go out to the streets day after day,” Baginskaya told.
Video footage on social media showed a masked officer ripping a red and white flag out of her hands before bundling her into a van.
Baginskaya has already become a symbol of the Belarusian protests
She is often depicted on posters. Her simple expression “I’m just walking” that she innocently and ironically said to a police officer became a powerful motto.
Bahinskaya remains brave
“Fear is a normal emotion. From childhood, a person learns to fear snakes, wild animals, robbers, then grows up and begins to fear death. But next to death is the dignity that makes us human. When it comes to defending dignity, there must be no fear,” the activist said in an interview tut.by.
Baginskaya’s favorite hero was Spartacus, the gladiator slave who led an uprising of slaves in Ancient Rome, from the eponymous book by Raffaello Giovagnoli. A teenage girl was attracted by his craving for freedom.
The Grandmother of all Belarusians – Nina Baginskaya
Today the pictures of Nina Baginskaya titled The mother of the Belarusian revolution can be found in the online version of the magazine VOGUE.
Please support the AwardSince October 2020, the Belarusian Diaspora's IFC has awarded the Civil Courage Award to one or ten activists each month. The Award includes the "Certificate of Distinction in Civil Courage" to selected prize finalists and the honorariums of $1,000.
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