Thursday December 09, 2021

IGEP goes to ´We Will Stop Femicide Platform`

Published : 23 Nov 2021, 00:22

Updated : 23 Nov 2021, 00:36

  DF Report

Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Monday handed the 300,000-euro prize over to Gülsüm Önal and Fidan Ataselim, founding President and Secretary General of We Will Stop Femicide Platform respectively on Monday. Photo: City of Tampere.

We Will Stop Femicide Platform (Kadin Cinayetlerini Durduracagiz), an organisation works for combating violence against women in Turkey won the Finnish government´s International Gender Equality Prize this year.

Prime Minister Sanna Marin on Monday handed the 300,000-euro prize over to Gülsüm Önal and Fidan Ataselim, founding President and Secretary General of the organisation respectively in a ceremony in Tampere, said an official press release.

"Promoting gender equality worldwide requires effective actions and determined work. The International Gender Equality Prize recognizes and raises awareness of this work and also contributes to the promotion of gender equality globally," said Marin.

The World Economic Forum index shows Finland is the world’s second-best country for gender equality.

"With this prize, we showcase the role of gender equality as a cornerstone of sustainable development, but also how much work still needs to be done,” said Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality.

Awarding the We Will Stop Femicide Platform provides a chance to generate wider public discussion beyond the borders of Turkey.

"Gender equality and the rights of women and girls are an important part of Finland's foreign and security policy. This prize is one way of showing our strong support to brave human rights defenders, endeavouring to make women’s rights a reality and fighting violence against women. By awarding We will Stop Femicide Platform, the Jury wanted to draw attention to the scourge of violence against women, which has dramatically increased in all countries during the COVID pandemic. The Jury also recognizes the courageous work of the Platform in promoting the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, which is the most important international legal instrument to prevent and address violence against women. Furthermore, the work of the Platform has universal significance as violence against women is a serious problem everywhere, also in Finland”, said Eva Biaudet, Member of the Parliament and Chair of the IGEP Jury.

We Will Stop Femicide Platform has been striving to stop femicide and ensure women's protection from violence since 2010.

The Platform provides legal assistance to women who want to be safe from violence, is involved in cases of violence against women and femicide with its lawyers and representatives, supports the families of the murdered women, and drives changes to legislation to protect women.

"We have done what had to be done and what everyone should do. The fact that the fight in our country has been seen by the international community gives us great strength and happiness. The award coming from a country that promotes women's rights like Finland is also a source of pride for us," said Gülsüm Önal and Fidan Ataselim from We Will Stop Femicide Platform.

Over 400 proposals from all over the world were submitted for consideration for the award during the open nomination period. The Government of Finland made its decision based on the proposal by an independent international jury.

In 2017, the Government of Finland’s International Gender Equality Prize was awarded to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. She directed the prize money to a Nigerien organisation that works to stop domestic violence. The organisation is using the funds to build a shelter for women.

In 2019, the prize went to a global women’s rights organisation Equality Now, a global non-profit organisation, which has succeeded in changing discriminatory laws and ossified practices in different countries.