Hivos is pleased to announce it has been chosen by the Dutch Foreign Ministry to support the Human Rights Tulip Award in 2014 and 2015. For Hivos, this is an important recognition of the expertise and experience we have gained over the years working on a myriad of human rights issues, including LGBT-issues, sexual and reproductive rights, women’s rights and fighting impunity.
The Human Rights Tulip Award is presented on a yearly base by the Foreign Ministry to an individual working for the promotion and protection of the human rights of their fellow citizens. It acknowledges the courage of these individuals who try to bring about social change. The prize consists of a bronze tulip-shaped sculpture and support worth €100 000 to further develop or upscale his/her work for human rights.
As part of our support, Hivos will take charge of the selection process, which entails screening all incoming entries. Those entries passing the first round will be published on the Human Rights Tulip Award website when it is launched. An important criterium for nomination is how innovative the candidate’s work is. The top three will be determined by online voting. In addition, 3 ‘wild cards’ are available, in which Hivos again will play an advisory role. An independent jury will assess these six nominees and advise the Minister of Foreign Affairs, who will decide upon the winner.
Hivos is also responsible for the guidance of the winner. Together, Hivos and the winner will assess what is needed in terms of support and training to improve work and outcomes.
In 2013, Sheena Hadi from Pakistan won the Human Rights Tulip. Through her organisation Aahung, she works towards the advancement and recognition of reproductive rights as Human Rights.