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The Women of Europe Awards are organised by the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby, building upon the national awards of several National Councils of the European Movement. The awards are handed out annually to honour women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity. The role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised. The awards highlight the contribution of women in promoting and advancing European issues, and to increase their presence and involvement in debates about Europe and its future. This year, the Woman in Youth Activism category is organised in cooperation with the European Youth Forum.

On 29 November 2017, the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby hosted the second edition of the Women of Europe Awards, which took place at the BELvue Museum in Brussels.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, who was the winner of the Women of Europe Awards 2016, handed over the awards along with the other members of the jury. The winners of the four categories are:

Woman in Power 2017
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security

Woman in Action 2017
Adriana Lettrari, Co-Founder of the Third Generation of Eastern Germany Network

Woman in Business 2017
Melody Hossaini, Founder and CEO of InspirEngage International

Woman in Youth Activism 2017
Mina Jaf, Founder and Executive Director of Women Refugee Route

Watch Federica Mogherini’s acceptance speech here

Who were the shorted listed candidates?

Read their stories here

The Jury

The winners were selected by a jury of nine, which included representatives from politics, business, academia, and civil society.

Photos from the event can be found below:


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