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Tunisia: ATDF wins Simone de Beauvoir Prize
The Tunisian Association of Democratic Women (ATFD) won the 2011 Simone de Beauvoir Prize for Women’s Freedom - a French award honoring women’s rights advocates worldwide.
The ATFD was recgonized for their accomplishments in the realm of feminist activism. The jury for the Simone de Beauvoir Prize chose the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women for their important role during the Tunisian uprisings in defending women’s rights and freedoms.
According to Fathia Hizem, who is in charge of external relations at the ATFD, the organization is proud to receive the award as Tunisia undergoes a historic transition. She explained that the association is determined to expand their activities nationwide during this formative period. ”This award motivates us and pushes us to work harder and increase our activity - particularly in rural areas,” she stated.
The jury of the Simone de Beauvoir Award consists of various artistic and academic figures. The prize was created as an initiative by Julia Kristeva in 2008 to mark the 100th anniversary of the birthday of French philosopher and writer Simone de Beauvoir. The award is worth 20,000 euros, and it is sponsored by the French Institute, the National Book Center, University Paris Diderot, and Gallimard Editions.