LONDON — This year’s World Mayors Prize was awarded to nine mayors. Among them was Co-Chair of the Raqqa Civil Council in North and East Syria, Leila Mustapha.
The World Mayors Prize is awarded every two years by the London-based World Mayors Project to mayors around the world based on their work. The mayors’ provision of daily services is evaluated relative to national and international standards.
The statement declared that the Mayor World Prize was awarded to Mustapha for her efforts in the reconstruction of Raqqa after its liberation from the Islamic State (ISIS).
Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom Nadine Maenza, via Twitter, congratulated Leila Mustapha on receiving the award.
Congratulations to #Raqqa's Leila Mustapha for being a winner of 2021 World Mayors Prize! Just 4 years ago, Raqqa was HQ of ISIS Caliphate & now HQ of Autonomous Admin of N & E #Syria with #ReligiousFreedom & #GenderEquality. Leila has transformed Raqqa into such a special place! https://t.co/RhgKzc6UCp
— Nadine Maenza (@nadinemaenza) September 14, 2021