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Egypt: Mozn Hassan and Nazra for Feminist Studies Announced as a 2016 Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Friday 23 September 2016, by siawi3



Press Release
Stockholm, 22 September 2016

Egypt’s Mozn Hassan and Nazra for Feminist Studies Announced as a 2016 Right Livelihood Award Laureate

Mozn Hassan, a leading Egyptian feminist, human rights defender and the founder of Nazra
for Feminist Studies, has been announced as a Laureate of the 2016
Livelihood Award
Hassan and Nazra receive the award ‘for asserting the equality and rights of women in
circumstances where they are subject to ongoing violence, abuse and discrimination’.
The announcement was made today in Stockholm by Ole von Uexkull, Ex
ecutive Director,
Marianne Andersson, Board Member
of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation. The
decision was made by an international Jury that had considered 125 nominations from 50
“Hassan’s work has placed her in the crosshairs of variou
s groups during an incredibly
turbulent period in Egypt, culminating in the present crackdown on civil society and NGOs”,
Ole von Uexkull stated. “Her work in, amongst many other things, successfully lobbying the
Egyptian government to enshrine increased r
ights for women in the 2014 Constitution
encapsulates the values of the Right Livelihood Award, and we hope that this will highlight
that the fight for equal rights for women in Egypt

and across the world

is far from over”.
Hassan and Nazra worked tire
lessly during and after the Egyptian revolution of 2011,
ensuring that survivors of sexual assaults during public protests received medical,
psychological and legal support.
As well as successfully advocating for women’s rights in the current Constitution,
work contributed to modification in Egypt’s Penal Code: expanding the definition of sexual
crimes to include sexual harassment. Nazra has also been involved in the Women’s Political
Academy, which mentors female candidates for parliamentary, muni
cipal and union
Hassan has said “I feel that receiving the Right Livelihood Award is not only a recognition of
my work or Nazra’s work: it is for every woman who has fought for her basic rights, who has
combatted and survived sexual violence, fo
r all the women who fight daily to
continue to believe in a better future for women in Egypt, in the region, and all around the
Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award honours and supports courageous people
and organisations offer
ing visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global
It has become widely known as the ’Alternative Nobel Prize’ and there are now
166 Laureates from 68 countries.
In addition to presenting the annual award, the Right Livelihood Awa
rd Foundation also
supports the work of its Laureates, particularly those whose lives may be in danger due to
the nature of their activities.
Mozn Hassan receives a cash award of SEK 750,000 (ca. EUR 80,000).
Hassan and Nazra become the third Laureate from
Egypt, after Ibrahim Abouleish/SEKEM
(2003) and Hassan Fathy, who received the inaugural Right Livelihood Award in 1980.
If you would be interested in interviewing Mozn Hassan or a representative of the Right
Livelihood Award Foundation, please contact:
Xenya Cherny
Scanlon, Director of Communications, mobile: +41 76 690 8798, e
James Lynch, Account Manager, Maltin PR, phone +44 (0)7594 814 822, e
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