Gill Hicks, a survivor of the London bombing on July 7th, 2005 and the founder of M.A.D. For Peace (Make A Difference for Peace), is taking her mission to the world stage. The inspirational activist and advocate for peace is determined to spread her message both nationally and globally.
Having experienced the harsh reality of terrorism first-hand, Hicks knows what it means to feel fear and despair. But, instead of giving up on this world, Gill decided to take action — using her own pain and experiences as fuel for her cause.
“My passion for peace has grown stronger over time,” she said in a recent interview. “I became very aware that violence doesn’t end violence.”
Since she launched M.A.D. For Peace in 2008, Hicks has already provided support to thousands of people affected by historic conflicts around the world — especially in Israel, Palestine and Sri Lanka. In addition to fundraising campaigns, Hicks also holds workshops and seminars with local communities and offers them resources so they’re able to work through their trauma together.
Gill’s message resonates with many people who share her dream of a more peaceful world — one free from violence, oppression and destruction. As long as she continues her life’s mission, the mission of M.A.D. For Peace will remain strong in its quest for human rights for everyone, everywhere.
It’s clear that Gill Hicks is a symbol of hope — a reminder that even in moments of darkness and despair there is always a light on the horizon that should never be dimmed or forgotten.
Gill Hicks is an incredible woman who has spent her life advocating for peace in the world. Raised by parents who encouraged an inclusive and open-minded outlook, she feels “inspired to use her life to show the power of transformation and progress”.
In 2005, Hicks was a victim of the London bombings on July 7th. After a challenging road to recovery, both physically and mentally, she founded M.A.D. For Peace – a non-profit organisation that strives to build bridges through dialogue and cooperation across countries, cultures, and religions.
For Hicks, the key to peace is connecting with one another: “By understanding each other’s fears, we can better tackle them”. To this end, she has engaged in activities such as public dialogues between young Israelis and Palestinians or facilitating conversations between Kurds and Turks.
Her work has been recognised by the United Nations General Assembly for promoting world peace and understanding between nations. Furthermore, she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her work in 2017.
Hicks delivers thought-provoking TED Talks on topics of peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and how individual courage can overcome our greatest enemies — cynicism and hatred. In addition to speaking engagements and other initiatives, Hicks continues to spread her message of peace and is dedicated to realising a more inclusive and accepting global society.
The passion Gill Hicks shows for peacebuilding is truly inspiring. As one survivor of violence, she has dedicated time to helping others in similar situations find resolution without having to resort to further violence or hatred. We need more people like her in the world who are willing to make a difference no matter what it takes.