"Gender Equality Prize"
"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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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.
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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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.
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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Hjelm-Wallén, former Swedish minister, elected chairperson of
Equality Prize jury
Composition of the Gender Equality Prize jury:
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Extension of deadline for submission of candidatures