for the PACE’s 2009 Gender Equality Prize
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
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The Portuguese Socialist Party, first winner of the PACE Gender Equality
[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.
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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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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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
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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
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.