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26 October 2012

Monika Hauser Awarded State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia

The founder of medica mondiale, Monika Hauser, has been awarded this year’s State Prize by the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, honouring her outstanding humanitarian work in war regions and other crisis areas. The announcement was made by Minister President Hannelore Kraft on Thursday, October 25.

Minister President Kraft praised Monika Hauser's commitment in her work to benefit raped and traumatised women and children all over the world as an "outstanding sign of humanity in our world’s war-torn regions and crisis areas" which had helped many women to find a new lease of life. Her "empathy for the affected women" and untiring commitment had helped her to amazing achievements, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles, speechlessness and the taboos surrounding the issue of systematic acts of violence.

For almost 20 years, Monika Hauser and the staff at medica mondiale in Cologne have maintained an uncompromising spirit of commitment and solidarity as they actively work for the rights of women and girls in war and conflict regions worldwide.

The founder’s work has already earned her numerous prizes and awards, including the Women of Europe Award and the Gustav Heinemann Citizen’s Prize. Then in 2008 she received the Right Livelihood Award, often referred to as the Alternative Nobel Prize.

The State Prize is the highest distinction awarded by the German federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It honours citizens who "show a particular connection to the federal state because of their achievements or background". Monika Hauser will put the 25,000 euros prize money towards the ongoing establishment of the medica mondiale Liberia project. The award ceremony will take place on November 19 in Düsseldorf.