Simone de Beauvoir Prize
The Simone de Beauvoir Prize (French: Prix Simone de Beauvoir pour la liberté des femmes) is an international human rights prize for women's freedom, awarded since 2008 to individuals or groups fighting for gender equality and opposing breaches of human rights. It is named after the French author and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir, known for her 1949 women's rights treatise The Second Sex.
The prize was founded by Julia Kristeva on January 9, 2008, the 100th anniversary of de Beauvoir's birth. It amounts to €20,000 and is funded by Éditions Gallimard and Culturesfrance. Julia Kristeva, philosopher, is the head of the Simone de Beauvoir prize committee.
According to the organizers:
The prize is awarded every year to a remarkable personality whose courage and thoughts are examples for everybody, in the spirit of Simone de Beauvoir who wrote: "The ultimate end, for which human beings should aim, is liberty, the only capable [thing], to establish every end on."
- 2013 - Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani student, blogger and activist.
- 2011 – Lyudmila Ulitskaya, Russian novelist and civil rights activist
- 2010 – Ai Xiaoming, Chinese videographer and professor at Sun Yat-sen University, and Jianmei Guo, Chinese lawyer and founder of the Women's Law Studies and Legal Aid Center at the Peking University School of Law.
- 2009 – One Million Signatures, a campaign by the Women's rights movement in Iran, demanding changes to discriminatory laws in Iran.
- 2008 – Taslima Nasreen, Bangladeshi writer, and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Dutch feminist, writer and politician.
List of committee members
The committee members for 2009 award were, in alphabetical order, as follows:
- Elisabeth Badinter, author, professor of Philosophy
- Gerard Bonal, author
- Annie Ernaux, author
- Claire Etcherelli, author
- Elizabeth Fallaize, professor of French at Oxford University
- Madeleine Gobeil-Noel, former director of arts at UNESCO
- Michel Kail, publisher
- Liliane Kandel, sociologist
- Ayse Kiran, physician at Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey
- Claude Lanzmann, filmmaker
- Bjorn Larsson, author
- Liliane Lazar, author, Simone de Beauvoir institute in the USA
- Annette Levy-Willard, journalist
- Anne-Marie Lizin, politician, former Belgian Senate president
- Kate Millett , American feminist
- Yvette Roudy, former women's rights minister in France
- Danièle Sallenave, author, Journalist
- Josyane Savigneau, journalist for Le Monde.
- Alice Schwarzer, German feminist
- Annie Sugier, president of the feminist association (association féministe)
- Linda Weil-Curiel, lawyer
- Anne Zelensky, president of the League of Women Law (la Ligue du Droit des femmes)
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