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Presentation of the Aletta Jacobs Prize of 2022 to Rebecca Gomperts

Jury report Rebecca Gomperts

Rebecca Gomperts is being awarded the Aletta Jacobs Prize for her fight for abortion rights and access to safe and legal abortions for women worldwide. The jury commends Rebecca Gomperts for her remarkable fight for these rights and for the courageous way in which she tirelessly champions women all over the world.

Read the complete report of the jury

Opening Speech of Cisca Wijmenga

Welcome to this special celebration in our beautiful Aula. It is an absolute pleasure to be able to stand here today on this rostrum,  and look out across your faces full of joy and expectation. I have been looking forward to this moment for a very long time.

Read the complete opening speech of Cisca Wijmenga

Lecture Brigit Toebes

I would like to talk to you about abortion as a human right, about the right to abortion. Is there such thing as a right to abortion? Do we have such a right?

Read the complete lecture of Brigit Toebes

Lecture Hazal Atay

It was exactly ten years ago that I got in touch with Dr. Rebecca Gomperts in 2012 amid discussions over abortion restrictions in my home country, Turkey.

Read the complete lecture of Hazal Atay

Speech of thanks of Rebecca Gomperts

My thanks are to very many people: The crew of the abortion boat, al the very brave women who joined this adventure and stood up against military warships. All the hundreds of volunteers that participated. My friends who helped and supported me all the time. The Lawyers who were there to make sure that all the court cases were won. I also want to thank the people in India who are shipping the medicines and the pharmacists who are preparing all the packages. I want to thank the Women on Web helpdesk team who have worked tirelessly for the last 15 years to answer all these women with real compassion and dignity. And I want to thank my family, my parents and my kids who have always been very enthousiastic and supportive.

Watch the slides Rebecca showed at her speech of thanks

Recording of the Presentation of the Aletta Jacobs Prize 2022 to Rebecca Gomperts

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