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Why a prize? Why Finland?

Gender equality is one of Finland’s most core values and gender equality was one of the defining ways we built our country to the success of today. Because 2017 is Finland’s 100th birthday the government decided it would be a wonderful opportunity to establish the first International Gender Equality Prize.

The prize will be awarded to a distinguished defender and builder of equality. The recipient will identify a cause, an innovative endeavor or action to which prize money will be granted. This year the prize value is €150,000.

Finns are deeply proud of the gender equality we’ve achieved. As a country that has enjoyed the benefits of gender equality, this award is intended to help promote gender equality and champion individual gender equality efforts.

There are many organizations and individuals making important strides in the advancement of gender equality around the world. Our hope is that this prize will help by providing additional support and a new platform for the game changers in gender equality.

We also want to further promote discussion about gender equality in a global context.

How it works

The Prize has been established as a decision of the Finnish government in connection with Finland’s 100th anniversary. The award is apolitical by nature, and granted by the Prime Minister’s Office of Finland based on a recommendation by an independent prize committee. The Prime Minister’s Office of Finland appoints the prize committee that selects the winner, then a member of the government will present the prize to the recipient later this year.

We want to make sure that the prize benefits the women and girls who need our help the most, so we are asking the winner to choose an Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible cause or project for the allocation of the prize money.


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Fact sheet about the International Gender Equality Prize (PDF)


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