The Portuguese Socialist Party, first winner of the PACE Gender Equality Prize
The Committee on Equal Opportunities of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) today designated the three winners of the PACE Gender Equality Prize. The first winner is the Portuguese Socialist Party, Partido Socialista, followed by the British Labour Party and Swedish left-wing party Vänsterpartiet. All three were rewarded for the steps they had taken to significantly improve women’s participation in their parties or in the elected assemblies of their respective countries.
The jury, comprising Lena Hjelm-Wallén (Chair, Sweden), Leena Linnainmaa (Finland) and Dubravka Šimonović (Croatia), had shortlisted six candidates. Lluís Maria de Puig, PACE President, will present the Equality Prize on 30 September 2009 at a ceremony to be held during the autumn session of the Assembly (28 September-2 October).