Congratulations to Loujain Al Hathloul, winner of the 2020 Freedom Prize! Last year, the first Freedom Prize was given to Greta Thunberg for her fight for the environment. She now passes the baton to Loujain Al Hathloul, an activist for women's rights in Saudi Arabia. 

 

An international jury made up of 24 young people of 13 different nationalities met at the Abbaye aux Dames, in Caen, on February 14 & 15, 2020 to select three finalists from 167 proposals received from around the world and from France to the Normandy region.

An online vote open from March 9 to June 6, 2020 permitted to elect the winner.
 

 

The three personalities for the Prix Liberté 2020

Loujain Al Hathloul - Saudi Arabia, 30 years old - winner of the 2020 Freedom Prize

Loujain Al Hathloul is an iconic activist for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. She was arrested for defying the ban on women driving cars and remains imprisoned in very troubling conditions.

The nomination of Loujain Al Hathloul was proposed by the young people of CIFAC de Caen and the Lycée Charles de Gaulle in Caen.

She is the winner of this 2020 Freedom Prize with 42% of the votes among 5500 people from 15 to 25 years old.
 

Father Pedro Opaka - Madagascar, 71 years old

For nearly 50 years, Father Pedro Opeka and his charity Akamasoa have helped some of the poorest people in Madagascar, working to build proper housing, schools and medical clinics.

The nomination of Father Pedro Opaka was proposed by a group of young Madagascans.
 

Nasrin Sotoudeh - Iran, 56 years old

Nasrin Sotoudeh is a secular, feminist lawyer from Iran who actively opposes legislation imposing the wearing of the hijab. After an initial prison sentence between 2010 and 2012, she was sentenced in 2019 to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes.

The nomination of Nasrin Sotoudeh was proposed by young people from the Lycées Saint Just in Lyon and Arcisse de Caumont in Bayeux.
 

Online voting

An online vote designated Loujain Al Hathloul as the winner of the 2020 Freedom Prize among the three finalists selected by the international panel of judges.
This vote was open from March 9 to June 6, 2020, to young people aged 15 to 25 from around the world. It was organized via the onlinde digital voting platform, with the three portrait videos of the personalities.

An award ceremony of the Freedom Prize will take place on October 2, 2020 as part of the Normandy World Peace Forum. Loujain Al Hathloul's sister will receive the prize for her, as she is imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. A trophy produced by the lycée Napoleon of L'Aigle and a endowment of 25 000 € will be given during the ceremony.


"Hello everyone, my name is Lina. I am Loujain Al Hathloul's sister, laureate of the 2020 Freedom Prize. Thank you all for having voted for Loujain. Thanks to you she is not forgotten and her fight is not lost. Thank you again."

 

Rules of the Prix Liberté 2020 - Terms and conditions of participation

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