The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom, awarded to Malala Yousafzai [fr]

(Paris, 9 January 2013)

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French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius welcomed Ziauddin Yousufzaï in the French Foreign Ministry on Wednesday 8th of January and reaffirmed France’s commitment to women’s right and solidarity with the values demonstrated by Malala Yousufzaï.

On the 10th of December 2012, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, in the presence of President Ali Asif Zardari, already had underlined that the attack against Malala was met by “universal and shared indignation” and “justified the decision by France to make education for all a major priority for development and cooperation”.

Malala’s father is in Paris to receive the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom on behalf of his daughter at the official ceremony of the sixth edition of the prize on 9 January 2013 at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris.The French Ambassador for Human Rights, Mr. François Zimeray, will represent the French Foreign Ministry on this occasion.

In awarding this distinction, the jury of the Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom wishes to help galvanize international solidarity, reaffirm women’s rights in the world, guarantee the protection of women who are today risking their lives for the struggle, and defend alongside them the ideals of equality and peace.

The Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom – created on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Simone de Beauvoir’s birth – distinguishes men, women and voluntary organizations who, like Simone de Beauvoir, a world-renowned French writer and philosopher, fight to defend women’s rights wherever they are under threat. Supported by the Institut français, Paris Diderot University and the international audit and consulting group Mazars, the prize is endowed with €20,000.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius with Ziauddin Yousufzaï on the 08.01.13