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The Geneva Centre’s Human Rights Recognition Awards 2023 edition celebrated Women championing environmental rights

Every year on December 10th, International Human Rights Day is observed in remembrance of the United Nations General Assembly’s adoption of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In 2021, the Geneva Centre established the Human Rights Recognition Awards (HRRA) to mark the occasion of International Human Rights Day. The Awards are a tribute to the tireless efforts of individuals that work to promote and protect human rights worldwide.

Are you a passionate female advocate for human rights and environmental protection? We invite you to participate in the 3rd edition of the prestigious Human Rights Recognition Awards – HRRA! This year, we are celebrating and honoring the incredible contributions of “Women Championing Environmental Rights”. The 2023 HRRA is an exceptional opportunity to acknowledge and pay tribute to women who have showcased outstanding skills, abilities, and innovation in the field of environmental protection and sustainability.

We seek women who have made significant contributions in various areas, such as:

  • Safeguarding natural resources,
  • Advocating for climate justice,
  • Championing renewable energy,
  • Promoting sustainable agriculture,
  • Implementing effective waste reduction measures.

Don’t miss this chance to be part of a movement that empowers women, protects our planet, and champions a better future for all. Apply now for the HRRA 2023 and let your efforts in women’s environmental rights be celebrated on an international stage.




Award Categories

  • Award of Environment Rights Champion: A financial award of 1000 USD will be presented to each of the three finalists.
  • Award of Honor: The Honorary Award will be presented to one finalist (no monetary award included).

Selection Process and Criteria

There are two ways to apply for the HRRA: through public calls or by invitations. All applicants are required to complete the application form via the designated website. A distinguished and impartial international jury, which includes experts in environmental rights and a former HRRA awardee, is responsible for selecting the recipients. The jury evaluates nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Nominees must align with this year’s theme, “Women Championing Environmental Rights,” and have been involved in the related, mentioned activities for at least two years.
  • Nominees must provide evidence-based proof that their work benefits the local community. To support their nomination, they will complete a Selection Form that includes external documentation, such as references and support materials from partners, beneficiaries, media, or other external stakeholders. The nominee must also outline how the financial contribution of the award will be used to advance their ongoing project or a new initiative.
  • Nominees are expected to be actively engaged in related activities at the time of nomination.
  • The Geneva Centre strives for balanced geographic representation among the selected awardees, based on merit.

Nomination Process

A shortlist of nominees will be submitted to the Awards jury on the basis of a pre-selection by the Geneva Centre. Following the application deadline, the jury will review this shortlist and select the four awardees. The process will then proceed as follows:

  • Contacting the shortlisted nominees.
  • Those selected to receive the 2023 HRRA will be informed of their selection at the latest by the beginning of December, followed by an online award ceremony on Friday 8th December 2023, since the 10th falls on a Sunday.

Key Dates

  • Selection of Nominees: November 2023
  • Finalists Announced: 1st December 2023
  • Awards Ceremony: 8th December 2023

Award Ceremony

An online ceremony for the HRRA awards will take place on Friday, December 8th. The ceremony is expected to be attended by several interested parties, including former HRRA 2021 & 2022 awardees, representatives from Permanent Missions, international and Geneva-based partners, academic institutions, various international organizations, NGOs, the media and members of the public.

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