Making a difference where it counts
Through its flagship program – the Emil Grunzweig Fellowship Award (EGFA) – Canadian Friends of Peace Now helps boost the peace and democracy work of a new generation of young leaders in Israel. The EGFA is a cash award that recognizes the achievements and potential of outstanding student activists. As part of the program, recipients receive guidance from Peace Now and conduct activities on university campuses and elsewhere to increase support for a two-state solution among their peers. Youth talks to youth about the dangers of perpetual occupation, the importance of a robust democratic space in Israel, and the need for a two-state solution for Israel’s long-term future. It’s an effective way to reach out to young Israelis, educating and empowering them to act on issues related to peace.
EGFA fellows form discussion groups or clubs on their campuses and lead awareness campaigns to promote peace and democracy building. Program funds help defray expenses for these activities. Fellows are chosen for their commitment to peace, their personal dynamism and their demonstrated ability to influence others.
Founded in 2018, the EGFA, honours the memory of Emil Grunzweig, a Peace Now activist who was murdered by a right-wing extremist while participating in a peace rally in 1983.