"Gender Equality Prize"
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"The ‘Equality Prize’ was instituted to reward political parties that are committed to promoting gender equality in politics", explains Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).

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Rules of the “Gender Equality Prize”
Resolution 1593 (2007):
In favour of a Parliamentary Assembly “Gender Equality Prize”

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PACE launches the Gender Equality Prize to encourage parity in politics
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Award ceremony for the PACE’s 2009 Gender Equality Prize

[Strasbourg, 30.09.2009] 'Parity in politics is still a long way off' said Lluís Maria de Puig, President of the Assembly, at the award ceremony for the PACE’s 2009 Gender Equality Prize. (read the news)

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The Portuguese Socialist Party, first winner of the PACE Gender Equality Prize

[Strasbourg, 08.09.2009] The Committee on Equal Opportunities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today designated the three winners of the PACE Gender Equality Prize. The first winner is the Portuguese Socialist Party, Partido Socialista, followed by the British Labour Party and Swedish left-wing party Vänsterpartiet. All three were rewarded for the steps they had taken to significantly improve women’s participation in their parties or in the elected assemblies of their respective countries.

Candidatures of the three Prizewinners of the "Gender Equality Prize" 2009

The jury, comprising Lena Hjelm-Wallén (Chair, Sweden), Leena Linnainmaa (Finland) and Dubravka Šimonović (Croatia), had shortlisted six candidates. Lluís Maria de Puig, PACE President, will present the Equality Prize on 30 September 2009 at a ceremony to be held during the autumn session of the Assembly (28 September-2 October).

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The Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men will elect the prizewinners on 8 September 2009

[23-06-2009] At its meeting on 23 June 2009, the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men decided to postpone the designation of the prizewinners to its meeting on 8 September in Paris. The Prizes will be awarded by the President in a ceremony during the autumn part-session (28 September-2 October) of the Assembly.

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“A genuine democracy needs women in high posts” said Lydie Err, speaking on the occasion of International Women’s Day.

[06-03-2009] “And it is political parties which have a key role to play in ensuring that women have access to elected posts and positions”.

This is why the Assembly has set up the Gender Equality Prize which will be awarded for the first time in October 2009, she said. The "Equality Prize" is intended for national and European political parties in recognition of specific completed or current action that has significantly improved women’s participation in elected assemblies or political parties, or in their respective executive bodies. The deadline for the submission of candidatures is 1 June 2009. (read the news)

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Lena Hjelm-Wallén, former Swedish minister, elected chairperson of Equality Prize jury

[29-01-2009] The PACE Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men today elected the members of the Gender Equality Prize jury, including its chairperson. Having topped the voting, the Swedish politician, Lena Hjelm­Wallén, will chair the jury. In twenty years of office in the Swedish government, Ms Hjelm-Wallén served as Minister of Education and Cultural Affairs, Minister responsible for International Development Co-operation, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister. The deadline for submitting candidatures for the prize has been extended to 1 June 2009.

Composition of the Gender Equality Prize jury:
- Chairperson: Lena Hjelm-Wallén (Sweden)
- Leena Linnainmaa (Finland) 
- Dubravka Šimonovic (Croatia) 

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Extension of deadline for submission of candidatures

[26-01-2009] Candidatures for the "PACE Gender Equality Prize" may now be submitted until 1 June 2009, following extension of the deadline by the Committee. The Prize is awarded in recognition of completed or current action, schemes or initiatives by political parties that have significantly improved women’s participation in elected assemblies or political parties, or in their respective executive bodies.

 
     
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