Trophée Prix Liberté 2020
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Loujain Al-Hahtloul, an activist for women's rights in Saudi Arabia, was named the laureate of the second edition of the Freedom Prize after an online vote open from March 9 to June 6, 2020 for 15-25 year-olds in whole world. The award ceremony will take place on Friday 2 October as part of the Normandy World Peace Forum in Caen. Loujain Al Hathloul's sister will come to receive the Freedom Prize in her name. On this occasion, he will be given a check for € 25,000 as well as a trophy made by students from the Napoléon high school in L'Aigle, which was sent to the Normandy Region on Monday 29 June 2020.

Freedom Prize

The Freedom Prize is an educational initiative which aims to raise awareness of freedom, peace and Human rights, inspired by the values of the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944 in Normandy. It invites young people aged 15 to 25 from France and around the world to choose an inspiring person or organisation, committed to an exemplary fight for freedom.

What makes this prize so special is that it involves young people at each of its stages: from the proposals submitted to the international panel of judges to the final selection, but also for the design of the trophy given to the laureate. 

This year, the creation of the trophy was entrusted to the Lycée Napoléon in L'Aigle, to students of CAP sculpture. Their file had been selected following a call for projects for the realization of this trophy which they wished to carry out of burl wood, mother-of-pearl and ebony for a contrast of materials.


Trophy 2020


"The concept of our creation is based on the values of freedom with the metaphor nature/technology, at the center of ecological concerns. The contrasts made with materials, lines and masses invite us to imagine conflicts, negotiations and the freedom that stands out with fragility."

Explain the students and Anne Guihaire, their teacher who supervised the fabrication of the trophy.

Because of the health crisis linked to Covid-19 and the closure of the high schools in France, the manufacture of the trophy was done in L'Aigle, but also in Caen, Bayeux and Granville where it went from student to student during this time. Many of them had indeed set up a workbench in their parents' home, where they were confined.


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The trophy was officially transmitted to Bertrand Deniaud, Vice-President of the Normandy Region in charge of high schools on Monday 29 June. It will therefore be preciously preserved until the ceremony for the Freedom Prize 2020 on Friday 2 October, in order to be handed over to the family of Loujain Al-Hathloul, winner of this 2nd edition.

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