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Nelson Mandela: A lasting inspiration for AWEPA’s work

18 July 2016

Mandela visits the European Parliament in Strasburg to thank Europe for its support against apartheid. Here, Mr. Mandela meets some of the early AWEPA parliamentarians. AWEPA archives 1990.

Mandela visits the European Parliament in Strasburg to thank Europe for its support against apartheid. Here, Mr. Mandela meets some of the early AWEPA parliamentarians. AWEPA archives 1990.

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Today, AWEPA celebrates Nelson Mandela Day. Held each year on 18 July 2016, this day is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

The work of Mr. Mandela has continually inspired AWEPA since its establishment in 1984. The organisation’s history is rooted in the campaign against apartheid, and the struggle for the equality and freedom of all people, which Mr. Mandela cherished and exampled throughout his life.

Indeed, Mr. Mandela regularly expressed his value for AWEPA’s unconditional support for the South African liberation movement, and accepted the first AWEPA Human Dignity Award in 2007.
Nelson Mandela’s lasting influence serves as inspiration for AWEPA today in its work and programmes to strengthen parliamentary democracy and champion human rights across Africa.