By definition, the Order of Chivalry is “an order, confraternity or society of knights typically founded during or in the inspiration of the original Catholic military orders of the Crusades, paired with medieval concepts of ideals of chivalry.”
Baroudi has been awarded a Member of the Order of the British Empire which is given to exceptional people for their outstanding achievements or service to the community. The work must have a long-term, significant impact and stands out as an example to others.
MARCH Lebanon is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation, founded in 2011 with the stated purpose of defending freedom of expression. In addition, it campaigns for equal rights for all of Lebanon’s communities.
In 2015, MARCH expanded its work to peace establishment and conflict resolution projects to reconcile Lebanon’s youth. It embarked on an ambitious project in Tripoli’s Beb El Tebbeneh and Jabal Mohsen, two neighbourhoods that had been at war over sectarian differences for decades.
Lea Baroudi’s work has been recognized by the British Empire and Queen Elizabeth II who handed her the award herself.
She is the fifth Lebanese citizen to become a member of the British Order of Chivalry after the retired brigadier general Maroun Hitti – who received his membership in the month of March of this year.
Twitter buzzed with tweets congratulating Lea Baroudi: