Ro & SuZ Award


awarded by Magenta

Read the full Speech, Ro & SuZ Award 2021

The Ro & SuZ Award derives it’s name from Ronald Eissens (1963-2021) and Suzette Bronkhorst (1958-2021), it’s awarded every year to (an) organization(s) and/or (an) individual(s) that develop()s innovative ways to combat cyber hate or works towards “Bringing the Online In line with Human Rights”.

In 1992 Ronald and Suzette started the Magenta foundation, a Dutch based foundation to combat racism and discrimination, initially by organizing a variety of IRL activities in the Netherlands and from 1995 on also online. In 1997 they founded the Dutch complaints bureau for discrimination on Internet (MDI). It was the first organization of its kind in the world.

As internet doesn’t have borders Magenta created several international activities often under the name I CARE (Internet Centre Anti Racism Europe). Together with their German Partner, Jugendschutz.net, Magenta founded the International Network Against Cyber Hate (INACH) in 2002. INACH has members in 5 continents over 20 countries.

Ronald and Suzette, also known as Ro & SuZ, always tried to take a fresh and non partisan approach to tackle problems on internet. Also showcasing all the positive opportunities the internet has to offer a.o through reporting on March 21, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination activities in several countries, in the early days of internet offering web space to organizations that didn’t or couldn’t have their own and with partners organize online conferences. All this way before social media existed, those only started from 2004 on. With the Ronald and Suzette award they hope to encourage and highlight new initiatives to make internet a better place.

Jean-Hubert Bondo

The very first Ro & SuZ Award is awarded to Jean-Hubert Bondo and his DRC (Congo-Kinshasa) organization Africa Sans Haine (Africa Without Hate), on November 5, 2021.

Heartfelt congratulations to you, Jean-Hubert!

Read the full Speech, Ro & SuZ Award 2021

The making of... the Ro and SuZ Award portrait

In the last weeks of her life, Suzette often talked about the Award. It had been her idea, to initiate the Award in Ronald's name, soon after Ronald's passing. Suzette would have loved to present the Award herself. When Suzette got bad news about her own health, we asked her if the Award could become the Ro and SuZ Award. She finally agreed. In the weeks before Suzette passed away, she asked Jolie to create a cartoon-like portait of her and Ronald: a portrait that had to be on the Ro & SuZ Award.

It had to be something like the Drinking coffee through a straw-cartoon .... [read more]

Suzette en Ronald
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...is dedicated to Suzette Bronkhorst and Ronald Eissens, and their relentless, uncompromising battle against racism, discrimination, fascism, extremism and cyber hate. We will preserve their legacy and continue to give our best for a better world, a world of peace, hope and respect for all.

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