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Government of Finland: Establishing the International Gender Equality Prize

In the spring of 2017, the Government of Finland established the International Gender Equality Prize in honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence.

The goal of awarding the prize is to advance gender equality around the world, and to further promote discussion on gender equality in a global context. The prize is awarded to a person or organization that has advanced gender equality in a globally significant way. The prize includes a sum of money, which the recipient will assign to a cause they have chosen that strengthens the position of girls and women worldwide.

The prize is awarded once every two years. The first ever International Gender Equality Prize was awarded to Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany in 2017. In 2019, the recipient of the prize was the global women’s rights organization Equality Now. The prize was accepted by Yasmeen Hassan, the Executive Director of Equality Now.

Photo: Laura Vanzo

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