Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad to visit Finland and Tampere
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nadia Murad will visit Finland at the invitation of Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Murad will speak at the International Gender Equality Prize award ceremony on Monday 22 November in Tampere.
The International Gender Equality Prize (IGEP) is awarded to a person or operator who has significantly promoted gender equality internationally. The prize will be presented by the Prime Minister of Finland, Sanna Marin. The International Gender Equality Prize amounts to EUR 300,000.
The prize was established in 2017 by the Government in honor of Finland's 100 years of independence, and it is now being awarded for the third time. The prize was first awarded in Tampere in 2018, when it was awarded to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Merkel donated the prize to a Nigerien women's and children's rights NGO, which used the prize money to set up a shelter for victims of domestic violence in Niamey, the capital of Niger. In 2019, the prize was awarded to Equality Now, a globally influential women's rights organization.
The 2021 award ceremony will be held at Tampere Hall in Tampere 15.00–16.45, on 22 November 2021. The biennial prize is awarded in co-operation between the Finnish Government and the City of Tampere.
– The prize brings into spotlight the people who fight for gender equality. It is important to increase confidence and bring faith to people who doubt whether major improvements in gender equality are possible at all. We are honoured to award this prize in co-operation with the Finnish government and do our part to support the work for gender equality, says Anna-Kaisa Ikonen, the Mayor of Tampere.
The International Gender Equality Prize ceremony will be streamed live on 22nd November 221 at 3:00–4.30 PM (UTC +2). To watch the webcast of the prize ceremony you need to register www.igep.fi/en. The webcast link will be sent to your email one week prior the event.
Text Aila Rajamäki