International Gender Equality Prize

Deadline: 31 December 2018
Open to: anyone is welcome to nominate a person or an organisation that has advanced gender equality in a globally significant way
Benefits: the award sum for the next prize has been increased to EUR 300,000


The call for proposals for the Finnish Government’s International Gender Equality Prize is now open to the public. The prize, which will be awarded for the second time in autumn 2019, can go to a person or organization working to promote gender equality in an internationally significant way.

“Gender equality is a core value of Finnish society. Finland would be a very different country if women and girls had not participated in creating the welfare society. With this prize, we aim to advance equality on the international stage by raising discussion about equality and highlighting important related themes, such as violence against women,” says Prime Minister Juha Sipilä.

“I hope we will receive a lot of good proposals for the next prize recipient from around the world.”

The prize, established in 2017 in honor of the 100th anniversary of Finland’s independence, was first awarded to Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, whose life’s work has made her one of the world’s most influential people and an example to many women and girls.

The International Gender Equality Prize is awarded once every two years in cooperation with the City of Tampere. The next prize will be awarded in autumn 2019.


  • The International Gender Equality Prize is awarded to a person or an organization that has advanced gender equality in a globally significant way;
  • Anyone is welcome to nominate a candidate for the prize;
  • All the nominations will be submitted to a prize jury consisting of international experts. The Government will make the final decision on the recipient of the prize.


The prize includes a sum of EUR 300,000, which is intended not for the recipients themselves but is rather directed to a cause that advances gender equality.

How to apply?

In order to nominate a candidate, you must fill in an application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.