2019 EESC Civil Society Prize - 5 winners announced

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5 organisations are awarded the 2019 EESC Civil Society Prize "More women in Europe's society and economy"

The EESC is pleased to announce the five winners of the 11th edition of the Civil Society Prize, which rewards initiatives aimed at raising awareness of and fighting for gender equality in the EU.

An evaluation panel composed of ten experts chose the winners among the 177 applications received from 27 Member States. The work of the panel was very challenging and rewarding, considering the high level and quality of the applications.

The five winners, who share a prize of 50,000 EUR, are (in alphabetical order):

  • Fairy Tales project, by the Bulgarian NAIA Association, which teaches gender equality to pre-school children via classical fairy tales;
  • #mimmitkooda (Women Code), a programme by the Finnish Software and eBusiness Association (Ohjelmisto- ja e-business ry) combatting the stereotype that software developers are mostly men;
  • Polish Women's Strike, which empowers the women activists in small and middle-sized cities fighting for a change;
  • The Brussels Binder from Belgium, which advocates better representation of women in European policy debates;
  • Women's Toponymy, an Italian project which tries to increase the number of places bearing the name of notable women, giving them the public recognition they deserve.

The prize awards ceremony will take place on 12 December 2019 at 11 a.m. during the EESC plenary session. It will be webstreamed.

The EESC thanks all candidates for their application and warmly congratulates the winners.

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EESC on Twitter: @EU_EESC

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