SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Setsuko Thurlow

Hiroshima Jogakuin University University of Lynchburg University of Toronto School of Social Work


Setsuko Thurlow
Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy (CISD)

Global Fellow

Setsuko Thurlow
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Setsuko Thurlow is a globally renowned campaigner against nuclear weapons. Her efforts around around the world have been recognized by membership in the Order of Canada, commendation from the Japanese Government, Arms Control Person of the Year for 2015 (Arms Control Association, Washington, DC), Distinguished Peace Leadership Award (Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, California), Peace Ambassador (University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica), Hiroshima Peace Ambassador, and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Prize for the Advancement of Peace 2016 (London, UK), and others. She has accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (2017). She has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lynchburg (2018), the University of Waterloo (2018) and the University of Toronto (2019).

As a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima she has been engaged throughout her life for public education & advocacy for nuclear disarmament, the scope of which has expanded from local to international level over the years.

Her professional activities included serving on the boards of the Ontario Association of Professional Social Workers (Toronto Branch), American Orthopsychiatric Association (New York), Yorkville Health Centre (Toronto), Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto and the University of Toronto Alumni Association.