Social Justice Advocate | Author
Maude Barlow is a leading voice in Canada and around the world for social, environmental, and economic justice. A political activist, policy critic, and author, Barlow serves as the national volunteer chairperson for The Council of Canadians, a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization supported by 100,000 members, where she advocates to protect Canada’s public social programs, its natural resource heritage, and food security, as well as fights for sustainable economic policies and promotes a peacekeeping role for Canada’s armed forces.
Along with her work for the Council of Canadians, Barlow is a director with the International Forum on Globalization, a network of individuals and groups from around the world advocating for democratic control of the global economy, and senior advisor on water to the United Nations. She also chairs the board of Washington-based Food and Water Watch and is a councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council.
Barlow was one of the “1000 Women for Peace” nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. In the same year, she received the prestigious Lannon Cultural Freedom Fellowship as well as the Right Livelihood Award. Known as the “Alternative Nobel” and given by the Swedish Parliament, the Right Livelihood Award cited her “exemplary and long-standing worldwide work for trade justice and the recognition of the fundamental right to water.” She also won the Citation of Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Canadian Environmental Awards, Canada’s highest environmental honour. She is the bestselling author (or co-author) of 16 books, including Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.