Monika Hauser, founder of medica mondiale – an NGO which assists women and girls in war and crisis zones throughout the world – and Asma Jilani Jahangir, Pakistani lawyer and human rights activist, have been awarded the “North-South Prize” from the Council of Europe for 2012.
The Council of Europe has awarded this prize every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their exceptional commitment to promoting human rights, intercultural exchange and North-South solidarity.
Portuguese President Aníbal Cavaco Silva presented the awards in the Senate Room of the Portuguese Parliamentary Assembly in Lisbon.
Paying tribute to the “courage and exemplary endeavours of two distinguished laureates”, Ms Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, stressed that both prize winners “risked their lives to improve the condition of women, irrespective of ethnic or religious origin.” She called upon states around the world to sign and ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. “Stopping violence against women is an urgent requirement of human rights protection”.
Based in Lisbon, the Council of Europe’s European Centre for Global Interdependence and Solidarity – more commonly known as the North-South Centre – was created in 1989, to promote North-South interdependence and solidarity. (more...)