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!
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SOS FEVVF, the recipient of the sum donated as part of the International Gender Equality Prize in 2017, is using the funds to realise their long-time dream of establishing a residential shelter. Construction work on the shelter, located in the Nigerien capital of Niamey, began in mid-October.
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Photo: Ella Kiviniemi, Prime Minister's Office
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
The award ceremony for the first-ever International Gender Equality Prize was held in Tampere on 6 March. 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.
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Photo: Ella Kiviniemi / Prime Minister's Office
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