Finland’s Justice Ministry has conferred its annual democracy award on two groups, the Finnish League for Human Rights and Women Journalists in Finland. The two NGOs beat 15 other candidates nominated for the award.
The human rights organisation was recognised for a website upgrade project that involved collaboration between the NGO and student and teacher groups.
The ministry singled out the Women in Journalists NGO for its Learning Together project and network which produced events such as a photo exhibition featuring photos shot by female journalists trained in Afghanistan.
The democracy award aims to highlight and share good practices among members of civil society in promoting democracy and human rights education.
The award comes with a 10,000-euro cash prize that will be divided between the recipients.
This year marks the fifth time the award has been distributed. The panel of judges comprised former President Tarja Halonen and Helsinki University education department professor Arto Kallioniemi.