Guo Jianmei (China)

Chinese lawyer Guo Jianmei announced 2019 Right Livelihood Award Laureate

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斯德哥爾摩,9月25日

中國律師郭建梅榮獲另類諾貝爾獎

有「另類諾貝爾獎」之稱的生活方式楷模獎(Right Livelihood Award)今年迎來四十周年。中國律師郭建梅是今年得獎者之一。整份得獎者名單今日已於瑞典斯德哥爾摩公布。

郭建梅是中國女權領域中相當傑出的律師。國際評判團認為她「在保障中國女性權益方面敢為人先、努力不懈。」郭建梅在其律師生涯中,協助過數以千計的弱勢女性尋求司法公正。

獲悉得獎後,郭建梅表示:

「獲得這個獎項,既是對我個人及我的團隊二十五年來一直在嚴峻形勢下堅守婦女權益保護、推動中國民主法制進步的認可和肯定,也是對中國像我們這樣的公益律師同行的莫大鼓勵!當前中國的公益法律事業面臨著巨大的困難和挑戰,堅守需要更大的激情、勇氣、毅力和擔當。我想這個獎項,它是一種鞭策,也是一種動力,一種推動我和我的團隊及更多公益法律人選擇繼續堅守的動力。」

2019生活方式楷模獎得獎名單今天在瑞典外交部國際新聞中心記者會上公布。國際評判團挑選的四位得獎者,每人將獲得100萬瑞典克朗(折合約80萬港幣/73萬人民幣/320萬新台幣)。奬金用以支持得獎者工作,並非為個人所用。

其他得獎者包括西撒哈拉人權鬥士Animatou Haidar、瑞典氣候變化運動人士Greta Thunberg以及巴西Hutukara Yanomami協會及原住民領袖Davi Kopenawa(聯合獲獎)。評判團在公開提名過程後,甄選59個國家共142位入圍人士,最後選出這四位得獎者。

生活方式楷模基金會(Right Livelihood Foundation)行政總監威斯曲爾(Ole von Uexküll)表示:「郭建梅是女權先鋒,為數以千計的中國女性提供了法律支援,並示範了如何以法律成功對抗性別歧視。」

郭建梅一直心繫司法體制中性別不平等的情況,並在這個約有6.5億女性的國家從事提高性別意識的工作。她曾經創辦和領導若干保障女性權益的組織。 作為中國第一位專職從事法律援助的公益律師,她成功為中國的邊緣群體引進了公益法律服務的概念。自1995年起,她與團隊已經為超過12萬名中國女性提供免費法律諮詢服務,涉及超過4000宗案件,令女性權益得以保障,使性別平等得以促進。

郭建梅的努力,令世界留意到中國女權目前狀況仍然嚴峻,有24.7%的已婚婦女遭遇過來自配偶的不同形式的家庭暴力,工作間的性別歧視也非常嚴重。她透過法律議題為其他女性提供指引並在國家層面進行立法倡導,例如同工不同酬、性騷擾、禁止僱員懷孕的勞動合同以及逼使僱員提早退休且不提供賠償等。中國農村地區重男輕女思想至今仍然根深蒂固,郭建梅就為無法得到應有土地權益的女性提供法律支援。2005年,她創建的中國公益律師網絡,聚集了600多名可以義務承接偏遠地區案件的律師。她和同事一同提供了大量法律意見、進行了大量法律研究,使一些相關法律法規得以修改和完善。

縱然中國公民社會空間大為收窄,郭建梅依然堅韌不拔,勇氣過人。她的付出將繼續影響數以百萬計的中國女性。

郭建梅會在今年12月4日在斯德哥爾摩領取2019生活方式楷模獎。適逢設立獎項四十年,大會首次邀請公眾參與頒獎禮。2014年獲得生活方式楷模獎的愛德華·斯諾登 (Edward Snowden)將會在莫斯科以視像對話方式,參與頒獎典禮。藝人José González 及Ane Brun 也會在典禮表演。頒獎典禮門票可以於 Cirkus.se 獲取。

編輯注意:

● 其他三位得獎者簡介

● 生活方式楷模獎簡介

● 當初為何設立此獎?由諾貝爾基金會否決設立環境獎項談起

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如需更多資料及安排訪問,請聯絡:

法語及華文傳媒:Claudia Witte +41 (0)79 2116 561, claudia.witte@rightlivelihood.org

香港傳媒:Amy Au +46 (0)73 380 13 18, amy@rightlivelihood.org

得獎者詳情、高清照片及影片可以在這裡下載:rightlivelihood.org/2019-announcement

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Notes to Editors:

  • About the Right Livelihood Award
  • How it all began – The Nobel Foundation rejected an environmental prize

 

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Further details on the Laureates, alongside high-resolution photographs and videos, are available at: rightlivelihood.org/2019-announcement

About the Right Livelihood Award

Established in 1980, the Right Livelihood Award honours and supports courageous people solving global problems. To date, there are 178 Laureates from 70 countries.

The Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation presenting the Award sees its role as being the megaphone and shield for the Laureates and provides them with long-term support. It seeks to help protect those Award recipients whose life and liberty are in danger. The Foundation has Special Consultative Status with the UN Economic and Social Council.

Anyone can propose candidates to be considered for the Right Livelihood Award. The Laureates are selected by an international Jury after careful investigation by the Foundation’s research team. Unlike most other international prizes, the Right Livelihood Award has no categories. It recognises that, in striving to meet thechallenges of today’s world, the most inspiring and remarkable work often defies any standard classification.

 

How it all began – The Nobel Foundation rejected an environmental prize

In 1979, the Swedish-German philanthropist and stamp collector Jakob von Uexkull turned to the Nobel Foundation with the proposal to create two new Nobel Prizes, one environmental award and one award to promote knowledge and perspectives of people in poor countries. To fund the prizes, he offered to sell his stamp collection, worth more than one million US Dollars, and donate the money to the Nobel Foundation.

Jakob was alarmed by the disconnect between the urgency of global problems and the way the international community was dealing with them. He saw how decision-makers were meeting behind closed doors, out of touch with reality. Activists and civil societyorganisations were at the same time gathering outside the meeting rooms, often presenting constructive solutions to the problems. But their proposals were not taken seriously, and Jakob wanted to do something about it.

“Whoever gets the Nobel Prize will be listened to”, he thought and contacted the Nobel Foundation, which politely rejected the proposal to establish two new awards. There and then, Jakob decided to create the Right Livelihood Award to support people fighting for a just, peaceful and sustainable world. He went ahead and sold parts of the stamp collection, and that was how it all began. The Right Livelihood Award received a lot of attention when it was presented for the first time in 1980, one day before the Nobel Prize. Today, it is one of the most prestigious awards in sustainability, social justice and peace.

Income from the sale of stamps generated sufficient means to kick off the prize but ever since the Right Livelihood Award has been receiving its funding from private donors. A unique feature is that the Award comes with long-term support that includes networking and protection for Laureates under threat. Because of its founding history, it has come to be known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’.

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