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  • 29th October 2019 - 12:06 GMT

PRESS RELEASE: Women of Europe Awards 2019 – Shortlisted Candidates Announced

Brussels, 28.10.19: The European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby are proud to announce the shortlisted candidates of the 2019 Women of Europe Awards.

The Women of Europe Awards have been honouring and celebrating the achievements of several truly inspirational leaders. This year’s edition is no different. All the nominees have widely contributed to shaping our society for the better and I am glad to see them being role models for others. Nevertheless, our work to enhance the recognition of women’s role in our society is far from done. The power and influence that women can have in bringing about positive change should never be underestimated,” said Eva Maydell, MEP and President of the European Movement International.


See below the complete list of shortlisted candidates per category for the 2019 Women of Europe Awards, presented in random order:


Showing extraordinary political leadership in Europe. 

  • Mairead McGuinness – First Vice President of the European Parliament
  • Laura Codruța Kövesi – Chief EU Public Prosecutor Elect
  • Marija Pejčinović Burić – Secretary-General of the Council of Europe


Undertaking extraordinary actions at the grassroots level in Europe.

  • Vicky Phelan – A voice for women in medical malpractice
  • Gals4Gals Lodz / Lodzkie Dziewuchy Dziewuchom – Polish Feminist Collective
  • Milena Kadieva – Human Rights Lawyer


Advancing European integration with an entrepreneurial spirit. 

  • Eleonora Azzaoui & Vera Günther – Founders of Mimycri
  • Helen Dixon – Data Protection Commissioner for Ireland
  • Heli Kurjanen – Founder of Lune Group LTD.


For women aged 15 to 30 strengthening the voice of young women in Europe.

  • Síona Cahill – Irish Youth Activist and Strident Feminist
  • Greta Thunberg – Swedish Climate Change Activist
  • Johanna Nejedlová – Co-Founder of KONSENT

About the Women of Europe Awards
The Women of Europe Awards are handed out annually to honour and celebrate women striving to advance the European project in their professional or private capacity. In Europe, the role of women remains largely unrecognised and still needs to be supported, highlighted and increasingly recognised. As such, the awards showcase vital contributions of women and seek to increase women’s presence and involvement in shaping Europe and its future.


Press contact

Christian Skrivervik – Head of Press and Communications, European Movement International

For more information about the Women of Europe Awards 2019, please click here.
For the list of the distinguished jury members and a complete list of the extraordinary nominees, please click here.