Chancellor Angela Merkel who was awarded the International Gender Equality Prize will grant it to a cause combating violence against women and girls

The award ceremony for the prize introduced by the Finnish Government was held in Tampere on 6 March. The main theme of the event was violence against women and girls. Chancellor Merkel, who was named the recipient of the award in December, will grant the EUR 150,000 prize to a Niger civil society organisation advocating the rights of women and girls. The organisation is planning to use the money to establish a residential shelter. Read more

Recording of the event
Photo: Ella Kiviniemi / Prime Minister's Office

Challenging work to improve the position of women and girls

The civil society organisation receiving the International Gender Equality Prize ”SOS Femmes et Enfants Victimes de Violence Familiale” advocates the rights of women and girls in Niger in West Africa, where the equality situation is exceptionally poor. The EUR 150,000 award directed to the organisation by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel enables the organisation to fulfil a long-time dream.

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Finnish Government’s International Gender Equality Prize goes to Chancellor Angela Merkel

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. Read more

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