The Finnish government announced on Wednesday that it had founded the International Gender Equality Prize to promote discussion about gender equality in an international context.
Sipila said at the launching ceremony that Finland had been the first country in the world to grant women full political rights. In this vein, he said it followed naturally that Finland should be the first country to establish an international prize, which will be granted to “a distinguished advocate and defender of equality.”
The prize will be awarded to an individual or a group every two years for outstanding contributions to promote gender equality in an globally-recognized way.
The first award will be conferred in autumn 2017. This year’s prize, which is worth 150,000 euros (158,220 U.S. dollars), is financed by the government from development cooperation funds.
The public, not only in Finland but also in other countries in the world, are free to recommend candidates for the prize to the competition jury appointed by the Prime Minister’s Office, said the government. Enditem