[Brussels, 7 June 2011] The European Women’s Lobby has been awarded with the annual recognition prize of the the Federation of Public Services in the Valencian Region (FSP-UGT PV) “Advancing equality”. The award ceremony took place on 2 June 2011 at the Bancaja Cultural Centre (Valencia, Span). Brigitte Triems, president of the organization, received the award in the name of the European Women’s Lobby. The lobby works in close collaboration with the European Union, the Council of Europe and the United Nations to ensure the representation of the diversity of European women in particular at European level, and the promotion of equality.
This prize is awarded to institutions, organizations, women or groups from all over the world that are engaged in the implementation of policies to achieve gender equality and equal opportunities for women and men. The award emphasizes the need for equality as a prerequisite for any model of democratic joint coexistence. Previous winners have been María Emilia Casas Baamonde (President of the Spanish Constitutional Tribunal), UNIFEM and the International Women’s Commission for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace (IWC) in 2010.