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Award Ceremony

Friday, 01. March 2024 7:00 pm – 11:59 pm Save in my calendar

Award Ceremony

Anne Klein Women’s Award 2024 to Yuliya Sporysh

Celebrate the thirdteenth Anne Klein Women's Award and our award winner with us.

The Anne Klein Women’s Award will go to the Ukrainian feminist and women’s rights activist Yuliya Sporysh in 2024. A sociologist by training, Yuliya Sporysh founded the non-governmental organisation “Girls” in Kyiv in 2019, initially with the aims of promoting sexual education and the prevention of gender-based violence. She continues to head this organisation today. With the Russian invasion of Ukraine, “Girls” found itself confronted with a multiplicity of new tasks – a challenge that Yuliya Sporysh has met with courage and determination.

Explaining the reasons for the jury’s decision in favour of Yuliya Sporysh, Dr. Imme Scholz, the chairwoman of the jury and President of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, noted: “We are particularly impressed by the perseverance with which Yuliya Sporysh, even in wartime, continues to strive to increase the visibility of women in society and for their leadership roles. To strengthen other women, smaller NGOs and grassroots initiatives, Yuliya is very active within the Ukrainian women’s movement, networking and promoting an atmosphere of respect and appreciation.”

In the view of the jury, Yuliya Sporysh has also distinguished herself through her advocacy of a feminist post-war order in Ukraine and of a gender-sensitive approach to the country’s reconstruction, an advocacy which is underpinned by a firm belief in a better future. She regularly speaks at national and international conferences, where she emphasises the importance of involving women in reconstruction (e.g. at the UN Women conference in New York in March of this year or at the Women Deliver 2023 Conference in Rwanda). Within Ukraine itself, she is a member of the steering committee of the Humanitarian NGO Platform in Ukraine. This platform’s primary aims are to amplify the voices of representatives of Ukrainian civil society and to prevent corruption, so that international financial aid allocated to Ukraine can be distributed and used as efficiently and fairly as possible.

The Anne Klein Women's Award is endowed with €10,000. The award will be presented at a ceremony on the evening of March 1st, 2024 in Berlin. The laudatory speech to be held by Jamila Schäfer, Member of the German Parliament (Alliance 90/The Greens). The jury's decision is explained by Dr Imme Scholz, jury chair and board member of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Greeting: Lisa Paus, Federal Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth

Live-MusikEmilia Viktoria Lomakova (Cello and vocals)

Language: German, Ukrainian with simultaneous interpretation

Reception and Dancing DJ Andrii Yankovskyi

Ulrike Cichon
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» Participation on site
at the the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Conference Center, Schumannstr. 8, 10117 Berlin

Please register. Unfortunately, the number of seats is limited. Should the room capacity be exhausted, we will transmit the conference via video to other rooms. We would like to point out that there is no entitlement to a seat in the room.

» Livestream
Alternatively, you can follow the event via the livestream without registering.

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung - Headquarter Berlin
Schumannstr. 8
10117 Berlin
Heinrich Böll Foundation - Headquarters Berlin
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