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The cause of the International Gender Equality Prize chosen by the recipient Chancellor Angela Merkel will be announced in Tampere in early 2018

Published 15.12.2017 12.34

The first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize introduced by the Finnish Government has been announced. 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.

Angela Merkel and Juha Sipilä; © Juha Roininen / EUP-IMAGES
 

The City of Tampere congratulates Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany the first-ever recipient of the International Gender Equality Prize. The prize, established by the Government of Finland, amounts to EUR 150,000. The recipient assigns the money to a cause they have chosen that strengthens the position of girls and women. The prize is financed by Finland’s development cooperation appropriations.

The cause chosen by Chancellor Merkel will be announced in Tampere in a high-level seminar on gender equality in early 2018. The event is organised in cooperation with the City of Tampere.

- It is a great honor to the City of Tampere to act as the host city the International Gender Equality Prize. In Tampere women have been and are working equally beside men as entrepreneurs, teachers and influencers. In the future Tampere will continue to be a city where everyone can be themselves, and can participate in social discussions and development of the city, says Anna-Kaisa Ikonen Chairperson of the City Council.

Equality is a core value for Finland, which is celebrating 100 years of independence.

"Chancellor Angela Merkel has become one of the world’s most influential people and is an example to many women and girls", says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.

"Ours was the first nation in the world to grant women full political rights in 1906. Through this prize, we want to strengthen appreciation for gender equality in other countries around the world too", Prime Minister Juha Sipilä notes.

The Government presented the prize to the recipient based on a proposal made by an independent jury. This year the composition of the jury is: Paulina Ahokas, (chair) Managing Director of Tampere Hall, Pekka Timonen, General Secretary for the Centenary and Rosa Meriläinen, author and researcher.

Reasons for the award

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s life work has made her one of the world’s most influential people and an example to many women and girls. By breaking through the glass ceiling, Merkel has shown that women can rise to the top ranks of society.

In her position as Chancellor, Merkel has brought gender equality to the agenda of world leaders at summit meetings. She has worked to improve the rights and opportunities of women especially in developing countries.

In Germany, her aim is to achieve genuine equality in society between men and women, which means for instance making it easier to reconcile work and family life.

She has always stood up for human dignity and human rights under the pressure of international challenges. She is also a strong believer in European values – a true European leader and role model.