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Open Doors advocacy team wins parliamentary award


30 April 2019

Open Doors has won the award for best social, religious or family campaign at the Parliamentary Charity Awards, awarded by polling organisation, ComRes.

The awards recognises campaigning charities that lead their field in communicating with parliamentarians.

Open Doors’ CEO, Henrietta Blyth said, “We’re delighted to have been recognised by MPs and ComRes in this way especially alongside such esteemed nominees. Advocating for the persecuted Church in Parliament has always been an uphill battle and we’re so pleased to see it become a serious recognised issue among parliamentarians and the UK Government. But as the recent attacks on Sri Lankan Christians have highlighted there is so much more work that the UK government can do to support freedom of religion or belief around the world. This award has certainly spurred us on to continue fighting for Christians whose faith is being denied.”

The success of Open Doors’ World Watch List launch, which has been held in Parliament since 2015, has brought the issue of persecution to the forefront of Parliament’s agenda and has concentrated the mind of the UK government around this issue.

Henrietta Blyth said: “We must thank our supporters many of whom have directly lobbied their MP on this vital issue especially around the World Watch List. Their actions have helped us raise our voice for the persecuted Church.

“We are delighted that the Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, who spoke at the 2019 World Watch List launch, has committed to addressing the issue of Christian persecution through the review into whether the UK is doing all it can to help persecuted Christians. We will continue to push the government on this issue until we see real change for Christians and all others facing persecution around the world.”

The winners of yesterday’s ComRes Parliamentary Charity Awards were decided by a panel of 150 MPs. Other award winners include, Oxfam, Macmillian and NSPCC.

ComRes is the leading market and opinion research consultancy for corporate reputation, public policy and communications. ComRes has a longstanding reputation for explaining complex policy to the public.  

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