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Aletta Jacobs Prize 2014 Ceremony

When:Fr 07-03-2014 at 15:00
Where:Academy Building, Broerstraat 5, Groningen

The Aletta Jacobs Prize 2014 has been awarded to Noeleen Heyzer, Under-Secretary-General at the United Nations and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). She has been awarded the prize in recognition of her efforts to improve the treatment of women, particularly in Asia. The prize will be presented by the Rector Magnificus of the University of Groningen, Elmer Sterken. This is the first time that the Aletta Jacobs Prize has been awarded to someone who is not Dutch.

According to jury chair Prof. Janka Stoker, Heyzer is a shining example of a modern-day Aletta: ‘After completing her PhD on equal rights and opportunities for women at Cambridge, she ventured into the world to fight for the same themes on rubber plantations and in a cotton factory. Heyzer has thus not only championed the improvement of the position of women academically, but also in practice, particularly in developing countries.’

More information: press release

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