III Awards “Women and the Routes of Peace” SILK FRIENDLY 2021

In Event

Prof. Pilar Viviente

On November 4, 2021, the third edition of the renowned “Creative Silk”, Women  and Peace Routes awards of the Silk Spain Institute was held at the Casa Mediterráneo in Alicante city. The Casa Mediterráneo is a public consortium composed of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation (MAUEC), the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the Generalitat Valenciana, the Alicante City Council, Benidorm City Council and the Alicante Provincial Council.

Photo Credit: Pilar Viviente and Diana Chen in Casa Mediterraneo next to the advertising banner. By Amber Chow, 2021.

These awards are given to initiatives and social participation related to silk, which  incorporate  women  and  young  entrepreneurs  in  tourism  entrepreneurship  and  women  or organizations  that  highlight  and  influence  equality  and  governance  of  women  and  their  values  in  the various  routes  of  Peace,  highlighting  the  silk  routes  in  the  Mediterranean  as  routes  of  Peace.  Likewise, it  is  awarded  to  outstanding  Women  in  an individual,  business  or governance  way  who stand  out for their  support  of initiatives  that  affect  the development  or  promotion  of the Land  or  Maritime Silk Routes.

The  awards  consist  of a  trophy  and  an  accrediting  diploma,  for  each  of  the  awarded  women  or organizations.

Awards  are  delivered  in  an  event  after  the  celebration  of  the Thought  and  Action  Forum (Foro Pensamiento y Acción, FPA)  conference that  under  the  title  The  Silk  Roads  and  Women  in Mediterranean  Cultures  is  held  at  the Casa Mediterráneo  in  Alicante. This time we attended the III Conference “Migrant and Refugee Women in the Mediterranean” on the 3rd and 4th as protagonists of these round tables and presentations. The program and videos of the sessions are available on the Silk Spain Institute website and also on its YouTube channel.

Photo Credit: Conference Program and Awards. By Foro Pensamiento y Acción.


Photo Credit: Video. Round Table 3. November 4, 9:44 am. By Pilar Viviente, 2021.
Photo Credit: Presentation of UNESCO Chair and Conclusions Conference. Eva Espinar, Vice-Rector for Equality of the UA and Enrique Gaspar, Vice-President of the Silk Spain Institute. By Pilar Viviente, 2021.


The delivery of the Creative Silk and Women Awards was presented by Rubén Sancho, Autonomous Secretary of Equality of the Generalitat Valenciana.

Photo Credit: Rubén Sancho’s speech at the Awards Ceremony. By Pilar Viviente, 2021.

This year’s awards: In order of delivery.

  1. Women ‘s Observatory of the Mediterranean and Peace Routes. Prize awarded to Pilar Viviente, Faculty of Fine Arts UMH, Altea, Alicante, and Nimet Kesser, University of Cukurova, Adana, Turkey.
  2. Asia Business Silk Smart Center, Polop, Alicante. Award given to Anny Chen and Diana Chen President and Vice President respectively of the Asociación Alacant – China.
  3. Sustainability 5.0 Cities and Tourism. Award given to Sandrine Gil, founder of Connect Clean for the organization of the Digital District Days of Alicante.
  4. Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for Humanities at UNESCO, to her work on the Maritime Silk Routes and the Manila Galleon.

See III Premios “Mujeres y Rutas de Paz” SILK FRIENDLY 2021


Photo Credit: Gabriela Ramos’s message for her award “Woman and Peace Routes”. By Pilar Viviente, 2021.

A video of the Awards Ceremony is available online: Terceros Premios Silk Friendly Mujer y Rutas de Paz – https://youtu.be/ql_45anNFC0

Photo Credit: The 2021 winners after the Awards Ceremony. By Amber Chow, 2021.
Photo Credit: The 2020 and 2021 winners after the Awards Ceremony. By Amber Chow, 2021.


Creative Silk  Award  “Woman  and  Peace  Routes” is an excellent way to implement the sustainable development goals.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

Photo Credit: Creative Silk Award “Woman and Peace Routes” to Ma. Pilar Viviente Solé from the Miguel Hernández University, Altea, Alicante, and Nimet Keser from the Çukurova University, Adana, Turkey, for their Observatory project of Mediterranean Women and Peace Routes. By Amber Chow, 2021.


It is an honor to have received this award. My heartfelt thanks to the Silk Spain Institute, the Generalitat Valenciana, Turisme Comunitat Valenciana, Vicepresidencia y Consellería de Igualdad y Políticas Inclusivas, and Casa Mediterráneo. A very special thank you to Fernando Molina, President of the Silk Spain Institute, also to Enrique Gaspar, vice-President of the Silk Spain Institute. Thank you to Foro Pensamiento y Acción, Fundación Cultura de Paz, UNESCO – Chair of the International Silk Road Online Platform, and UNAOC United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Thank you to all the team that has made this great event possible.

And above all thank you to Federico Mayor Zaragoza for his enlightening teachings. Here a quote on women and peace that he mentioned in his speech at the opening ceremony:

Her role will be, as Nelson Mandela told me in Pretoria in 1996, “the cornerstone of the new era, because women only exceptionally use force, and men only exceptionally do not use it.

Federico Mayor Zaragoza. Recuerdos para el porvenir. (PDF available online).

Photo Credit: Federico Mayor Zaragoza at the Opening Ceremony on November 3. By Pilar Viviente, 2021.

This goes for all the women. Wherever you are you can join the Silk Road. It is not a single way or Peace Route, but many: a web of choices. Be creative!

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