Robert F. Kennedy Center honours Professor Muhammad Yunus

17 December 2013

Robert F. Kennedy Center honours Professor Muhammad Yunus

Professor Muhammad Yunus in New York

GCU Chancellor, Professor Muhammad Yunus has been presented with the Ripple of Hope Social Justice Award by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights in recognition of his international anti poverty work to empower people through the use of microfinance.

The presentation was made during the annual Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner in New York, which was hosted by Ethel Kennedy, widow of the late Robert F. Kennedy, and their daughter Kerry Kennedy.

GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies attended as a guest of Foundation President Kerry Kennedy and GCU New York was represented at a table hosted by Vice President, Cara Smyth.

The Ripple of Hope Award recognises leaders of the international business, entertainment and activist communities who demonstrate commitment to social change. Recipients are considered to share Robert F. Kennedy's passion for equality, justice and human rights, as well as his belief that everyone must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”

Guests in attendance included Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Matthew Broderick, Julianna Margulies, Tory Burch, Lorraine Bracco, Charles Grodin, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Tony Lo Bianco, Kate Mulgrew, Diane Neal, Debra Winger, Alfre Woodard, Lena Olin, Sam Waterston, Lauren Bush Lauren, NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Howard Dean.

Past honorees include former President Bill Clinton, former Vice-President Al Gore, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Bono and George Clooney.

The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights was founded in 1968 by family and friends as a living memorial to Senator Kennedy who served New York from 1965 until his death in 1968.