This year's Berlin Women's Award (Berliner Frauenpreis) goes to Amal Abbass. The social entrepreneur has been campaigning for years for equality for women who are disadvantaged because of the color of their skin or their sexual or gender identity.
This was announced by the Senate Department for Gender Equality on Monday. Abbas is currently supporting black women in particular who have had to flee Ukraine and are encountering a wide range of resistance and discrimination, including racial discrimination, which is making it difficult for them to arrive in Germany. With the "Tubman Network", Abbas has been organizing comprehensive assistance services in the city since February 2022.
Amal Abbas: Fighting discrimination since the 1990s
Senator Ulrike Gote highlighted Abbass' years of commitment. "As early as the 1990s, she triggered debates about racism, queer hostility and sexism and was active in civil society," the Green Party politician said, according to the statement. She actively contributes to more equality in the city with her networks, she added.
Award ceremony on March 07
Since 1987, the Berlin Women's Award (Berliner Frauenpreis) has been awarded to women who have "shown particular commitment and pioneering work on behalf of women and for gender equality". It is endowed with 5000 euros and a sculpture by stage sculptor Esther Janshen. The prize will be awarded on March 07 in the run-up to International Women's Day at Berlin City Hall.
Publication date: 17 January 2023
Last updated: 17 January 2023