Feminist Diplomacy – The Simone Veil Prize of the French Republic for gender equality

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The Simone Veil Prize of the French Republic is awarded to a person or group of any nationality working to promote gender equality and improve the status of women and girls around the world. Created at the instigation of President Macron in 2019, it is awarded every year on 8 March, International Women’s Day.

Advancing the rights of women around the world

The Simone Veil Prize of the French Republic reaffirms France’s commitment to defending and promoting women’s rights. France has practised feminist diplomacy since 2019, placing gender equality issues at the heart of its foreign policy.

The purpose of the Prize is to showcase actions contributing to ending violence and discrimination against women, improving their access to quality education and promoting their autonomy, as well as their participation in all public and private decision-making processes.

Every year, the winner is chosen following recommendations made by the diplomatic network and selection by an independent jury.

The winner is awarded €100,000 to help them in their work and fund a tangible project.

Who are the winners of the Simone Veil Prize of the French Republic for gender equality?

  • Ms Komal Narayan (2022), a Fijian activist campaigning for women’s rights as part of the fight against climate change.
  • Vivas nos queremos (2020), an Ecuadorian collective combating violence against women and fighting for universal legal access to abortion.
  • Ms Aissa Doumara Ngatansou (2019), a Cameroonian activist campaigning to end violence against women and early marriage.