Dr Noeleen Heyzer is the first non-Dutch woman to be awarded the Aletta Jacobs Prize. Hedy d’Ancona, the prize winner in 2002 for her contribution to international women’s emancipation, will interview the 2014 winner during the prize giving ceremony on Friday 7 March. The ceremony coincides with the preview of Aletta the Musical, to which Hedy d’Ancona has made a creative contribution. Dr Noeleen Heyzer will attend as guest of honour.
Hedy d’Ancona is the figurehead of the second feminist wave and former State Secretary responsible for emancipation issues. In response to a request from the artistic team and GOOV Muziektheater, the producers of Aletta the Musical, she wrote a letter to Aletta on the eve of her marriage to Carel Victor Gerritsen. The letter is a fundamental part of that scene. Here is a quote: ‘(...) So why are you taking this step? You, who understood so many years before we did that economic and sexual dependence manipulated women into a powerless position. (…)’
The University of Groningen awards the Aletta Jacobs Prize once every two years to a woman with an academic degree who has promoted emancipation nationally and/or internationally. The prize was established in 1990 by Prof. Erik Bleumink, a former president of the Board of the University.
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