Like many languages, Finnish is full of loanwords – words that were, at some point, borrowed from other languages and incorporated into Finnish. Finland would now like to give the rest of the world a word, to encourage international discussion about equality and inclusivity, and to support everyone who is working to promote them. The word is: hän.
The first recipient of the Government of Finland’s International Gender Equality Prize, Chancellor Angela Merkel, directed the sum of EUR 150,000 included in the prize to SOS FEVVF, a Nigerien organisation that defends the rights of women and girls.
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The call for proposals for the next recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize closed at the end of the year. Over three hundred nominations from all over the world were received for the prize to be awarded in autumn 2019. The prize is awarded to a person or organisation that has advanced gender equality in a globally significant way.
We are proud to present our outstanding prize jury that will evaluate the nominations for the International Gender Equality Prize in 2019. Welcome on board Pekka Haavisto, Eva Biaudet, Katja Iversen, Anneli Jäätteenmäki and Dean Peacock!
More information about the jury members
On 14 December in Brussels, Prime Minister Juha Sipilä announced the first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize introduced by the Finnish Government. The prize goes to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in recognition of her long-standing work as a defender of human dignity and human rights and commitment to women and girls globally.
Photo: Juha Roininen
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