Women of Europe

Brussels, 12.11.20: The European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby are proud to announce the jury and shortlisted nominees of the 5th annual Women of Europe Awards 2020, taking place 2 December 2020. The evening will commence with a keynote from the Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dailli, while the ceremony itself will be produced and streamed online, and can be viewed live here

On behalf of the European Movement International, it is such an honour for us to host the 5th annual Women of Europe Awards, alongside the European Women’s Lobby. It is vital that we never underestimate the power and influence that women can have in bringing about positive change, be it in politics, in economics, or in our society at large. Admiringly, the awards help shed a light on the successful women who are shaping our society with their achievements, passion and ideas.”

Eva MAYDEL MEP, President of the European Movement International

This year’s distinguished jury, consists of female leaders from all walks of life across Europe, and includes Laura Codruța KövesiKatalin Cseh MEPEleonora Azzaoui & Vera GüntherPauline MukanzaJohanna NejedlováOrla O’ConnorAura SallaGardenia Trezzini, and Gals4Gals Lodz. For more info, click here.

The incredible shortlisted candidates for the Women of Europe Awards 2020, are:

CATEGORY: Woman in Power
Showing extraordinary political leadership in Europe

Terry Reintke, Member of the European Parliament, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance
Sviatlana Tikhanovskaya, Belarusian Opposition Leader & Human Rights Activist
Khamshajiny (Kamzy) Gunaratnam, Deputy Mayor of Oslo

CATEGORY: Woman in Action
Undertaking extraordinary actions at grassroots level in Europe

Maryan Abdulkarim, Writer & Artist
Malda Avramenko, Mediator & Activist for Roma Families and Children in Ventspils 
European Federation of Nurses Associations

CATEGORY: Woman in Business 
Advancing European integration with entrepreneurial spirit

Alice Bentinck, Co-founder of Entrepreneur First and of Code First Girls
Sara Nuru, Co-Founder of nuruCoffee and nuruWomen e.V.
Team Memory Haven, Developers of the app Memory Heaven

CATEGORY: Woman in Youth Activism 
For women aged 15 to 30 strengthening the voice of young women in Europe

Maria Atanasova, Volunteer & Advocate for Integration of Roma Youth
Ynaée Benaben, Co-Founder of En avant toute(s)
Iryna Yarmolenko, Founder of the NGO “Center for Social Communication”

About the Women of Europe Awards

The Women of Europe Awards are handed out annually to honour and celebrate women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity. In Europe, the role of women remains largely unrecognised and still needs to be supported, highlighted and increasingly recognised. As such, the awards showcase vital contributions of women and seek to increase women’s presence and involvement in shaping Europe and its future.