Afghan Women Days in the European Parliament 1-2 February

A series of events are being organised in the framework of Afghan Women Days with the participation of prominent Afghan women who were nominated as Sakharov Prize finalists in 2021.

In an effort to maintain the Afghan women's situation high on the EU and international agenda, the events will focus on the dire situation of women and girls in Afghanistan after last August Taliban takeover and the regression in their rights and status within the Afghan society.

The Afghan Women Days will tackle different angles, including the current humanitarian crisis and the Taliban repressive rule and the challenges of going into exile and building a new life away from homeland.

The 11 Afghan women finalists of the Sakharov Prize 2021 will be joined on stage or remotely with representatives of EU institutions and international organisations, among others:

• Roberta Metsola, President of the European Parliament

• Angelina Jolie, Special Envoy to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

• Amina Mohammed, UN Deputy Secretary-General

• Janez Lenarčič, Commissioner for Crisis Management

• Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships.

The programme of scheduled events and links to their webstreaming can be found below.

Sakharov Prize 2021 awarded to Alexei Navalny (Strasbourg, 15-12-2021)

Sakharov Prize 2021: Parliament honours Alexei Navalny
Sakharov Prize 2021: Parliament honours Alexei Navalny © European Union 2021 - EP
The award ceremony of the 2021 edition of the Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought took place on December 15th, in Strasbourg. The laureate Alexei Navalny, was represented at the ceremony by his daughter, Daria Navalnaya, and Leonid Volkov, friend and political advisor.

During the acceptance speech, Daria Navalnaya sent a message from Navalny himself, who could not be present at the ceremony as he is currently detained in a penal colony - "no one can dare to equate Russia to Putin's regime. Russia is a part of Europe and we strive to become a part of it". Closing her passionate speech, Daria called for freedom to Alexei Navalny and quoted Andrei Sakharov: "My destiny was in some sense exceptional (...). Not out of false modesty, but out of a wish to be precise I will note that my destiny turned out to be larger than my personality. I simply tried to be at the level of my own destiny."

President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli also called for the immediate and unconditional release of Alexei Navalny, as well as the release of other Sakharov Prize laureates currently imprisoned, including Ilham Tohti, Nasrin Sotoudeh, Raif Badawi, Sergei Tsikhanouski, Mikola Statkevich (the latter two recently condemned to 18, respectively 14 years in prison). The President expressed hope for the day when Alexei Navalny will be able to come to the European Parliament and personally receive the Sakharov Prize.

The two representatives of Alexei Navalny were engaged in a rich programme, participating in a youth seminar, a press conference, and various meetings with journalists, youth and social media influencers.

The exhibition, which presents in more detail the life and work of Andrei Sakharov and some laureates of the European Parliament Prize named after him, will adorn the Krakovski nasip (Krakow Embankment) in Ljubljana until 15 February.

On the 10th of December, the International Human Rights Day, the European Parliament had the pleasure to open a new exhibition to the public - Andrei Sakharov: Scientist, Dissident, Human Rights Activist.

Every year, the European Parliament awards the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought to courageous individuals or organisations that stand up for human rights and democratic values. But do you know the man behind the award? From developing the hydrogen bomb to defending political prisoners, meet Andrei Sakharov.

On the occasion of the centenary of Andrei Sakharov the Sakharov Center in Moscow organised a two-day conference to discuss the legacy of Andrei Sakharov and the issues of human rights and peace in today’s world.

Today the European Parliament is celebrating 100 years since the birth of Andrei Sakharov, the Russian physicist, dissident and human rights defender behind the Sakharov Prize.

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of Andrei Sakharov’s birth, Heidi Hautala, Vice-President responsible for the Sakharov Prize Community, is hosting 2014 Sakharov Prize laureate Dr Denis Mukwege and Maria Arena, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights, for a debate on the fight against impunity in the DRC on Friday, 21 May, 13:00-14:00.

On the occasion of the Sakharov Centenary, on Friday 21 May from 12.30 pm-1.30 pm (IST), you will have the chance to attend a special online event "EU Standing with the people of Belarus on the Sakharov Centenary", organised by European Parliament Liaison Office in Dublin.

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