Shavano Park resident Shannon Sedgwick Davis received the San Antonio Global Affairs Council’s 2022 International Citizen of the Year Award. (Courtesy of San Antonio World Affairs Council)
Shavano Park resident Shannon Sedgwick Davis credits her parents for inspiring her worldview – an approach that led her to become a lawyer, activist, author and social justice advocate here and abroad.
Sedgwick Davis is the CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, an organization dedicated to ending and preventing mass atrocities around the world, according to the Houston-based nonprofit.
Sedgwick Davis has also worked with international groups such as Human Rights Watch, Resolve Uganda, Aegis Trust and dozens of local organizations and causes.
“It was really the fact that my parents focused on the idea that nothing is impossible. They really thought that,” Sedgwick Davis said.
The San Antonio World Affairs Council is the latest organization to officially honor Sedgwick Davis and his work, presenting him with its 37th annual International Citizen of the Year award at a March 2 event at the Red Berry Estate.
According to a WACSA press release, Sedgwick Davis and the Bridgeway Foundation have been recognized for enhancing awareness, protection of civilians and recovery efforts against the African group the Lord’s Resistance Army and its leader, Joseph Kony. , who was the first indicted by the International Criminal Court. .
The statement said Sedgwick Davis sits on the boards of philanthropic groups and initiatives Humanity United, This Bar Saves Lives, Verdant Frontiers and Virunga Fund.
Additionally, she is a member of the advisory board of The Elders, an organization made up of world leaders, including presidents, human rights activists and Nobel laureates, who use their collective influence to solve global problems, according to the press release.
Sedgwick Davis said being able to go abroad and “be there” to face various challenges, such as hunger and genocide, gave her the opportunity to follow her passion and help others in need.
“They told me to do what made my heart beat, what I was passionate about, what I was ready to do,” Sedgwick Davis said.
San Antonio World Affairs Council officials said attendees of the March 2 awards dinner heard Davis talk about his life and work and received a copy of his book, “To Stop a Warlord.” , an account of the efforts to bring Joseph Kony to international justice. .
WACSA CEO Armen Babajanian said Sedgwick Davis’ work is an example of the council’s mission, which is to promote public understanding of global affairs and strengthen San Antonio’s participation in a global community.
“The World Affairs Council’s International Citizen of the Year is uniquely designed to shine a light on local leaders who are making a global impact. We can’t think of a better-suited winner than Shannon Sedgwick Davis,” Babajanian said in the statement. “She lives and breathes what we preach in our mission through her work and her story. Shannon’s compassion and tenacity, combined with the ability and skill to muster political and military leaders and high-profile celebrities to support her efforts, speaks to her respect.
Sedgwick Davis in the release expressed his gratitude for the honor of WACSA.
“But the award is really a recognition and a reward for our extraordinary heroes on the pitch around the world,” said Sedgwick Davis.
Sedgwick Davis said addressing geopolitical and social issues overseas was difficult given the COVID-19 pandemic and what she called a self-serving tone projected by many American leaders and policymakers in recent years. years.
However, the United States has “an extraordinary responsibility” to serve as a leader for democracy and human rights around the world, Sedgwick Davis said.
“Injustice to one is injustice to all,” Sedgwick Davis said.