We lost a true humanitarian

Tribute to Jo Cox

A big human and personal loss. Those who have had the privilege to meet Jo Cox know what a great and strong woman she was. Her charm and smiles filled the rooms when we met.

Jo was a true humanitarian. She was a caring powerhouse, giving the voiceless a strong powerful voice. We were part of Oxfam’s humanitarian campaigns team a decade ago, trying to get governments to uphold their promises for civilian protection. I have admired her for her limitless energy to act and spinning the powerful in a different more humane direction. Former colleagues and friends who worked with Jo testify of her relentless commitment to a better world.

As Brendan Cox, her husband, who was also part of that humanitarian dream team, said in a statement after her death was announced by police:

Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

She brought her fight for social justice to parliament, serving the community she represented.

Jo cared about the people she met and cared about human suffering around the world and at home. She was an idealist with so much power, compassion, courage and kindness that she didn’t had to wait for some utopian future, but who lived as she thought human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us. Parliaments around the world should be filled with amazing humanitarians like Jo.

Thoughts are with her family and loved ones, especially her young kids and Brendan, her strong husband, who told us that she wanted us all to unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. They will miss a mother and loved one to be tremendously proud of. Jo would have turned 42. Her funeral is today.

Jo Cox maiden speech to the House of Commons