We believe equality can be achieved everywhere

Why such a prize and why in Finland?

Gender equality is a core value for Finland. It has been essential in shaping and defining the way we have built our nation to achieve the success of today. Because 2017 is Finland’s 100th anniversary of independence, the Government decided this year would offer an excellent opportunity to establish the first International Gender Equality Prize.

The prize will be awarded to a person or organisation that has advanced gender equality in a globally significant way. The recipient will not be awarded the prize money; instead, they will identify a cause to which the prize money will be granted. In 2017 the prize money totals EUR 150,000 and will be financed using development cooperation appropriations.

We Finns are deeply proud of our achievements in gender equality. Because Finland has been a frontrunner in gender equality for over a century now, we see this award as a way to champion gender equality efforts worldwide.

There are many organisations and individuals making important strides in advancing gender equality around the world. Our hope is that this prize will help in these efforts. We also want to further promote discussion about gender equality in a global context.

How it works

The prize was established by the Government of Finland as part of Finland’s centenary celebrations. The prize is awarded based on the recommendation of an independent prize jury. The prize will be awarded in cooperation with the City of Tampere.

The prize money does not go to the recipient; instead, the recipient gives it to a cause that meets the criteria set for development cooperation funding. This way we can ensure that the prize will be used to advance the position of women and girls.

This year the composition of the jury is: Paulina Ahokas, chair and managing director of Tampere Hall, Pekka Timonen, General Secretary for the Centenary and Rosa Meriläinen, author and researcher.

The prize will be awarded once every two years.

The prize also implements the 2030 Agenda on its part

The International Gender Equality Prize is a concrete way for Finland to implement the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals. The 2030 Agenda consists of 17 main goals, one of which is to achieve equality between men and women and to enhance the rights and opportunities of girls and women.

In September 2015, the UN Member States agreed on the universal Sustainable Development Goals and action programme and it is effective until 2030. The objective of the 2030 Agenda action programme is to steer global development onto a path where human welfare and human rights, economic prosperity and stable societies can be secured in an environmentally sustainable manner, and extreme poverty is eradicated.

Read more

Fact sheet about the International Gender Equality Prize (PDF)

International Gender Equality Prize brochure (PDF)