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Lynn Boylan MEP part of delegation to Egypt to present ‘Right Livelihood Award’

25 March, 2017 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan was part of a delegation which travelled to Egypt to present the prestigious ‘Right Livelihood Award’, widely known as the 'Alternative Nobel Prize', to renowned Egyptian feminist and human rights activist Mozn Hassan and her organisation Nazra for Feminist Studies.

 Speaking after the ceremony in Cairo tonight, MEP Boylan said:

 "'The Right Livelihood Award’ was established in 1980 to honour and support courageous people and organisations offering visionary and exemplary solutions to the root causes of global problems. In my mind there is no one more worthy of this award than Mozn Hassam.

“It is hard to articulate how great an honour it was to be part of the delegation to present the award to Mozn. The work that she and Nazra for Feminist Studies have done, and continue to do, in asserting the equality and rights of women in circumstances where they are subject to ongoing violence, abuse and discrimination is remarkable.

“Like nearly all great activists in their struggles, Mozn has been targeted by the state and lives under the constant threat of persecution and imprisonment. Resultantly, she is now at the centre of an investigation launched by the Egyptian authorities as part of its ongoing crackdown on civil society.

"For Mozn and her colleagues in Nazra this means being investigated for receiving 'illegal' overseas funding. But, there is no doubt that Nazra is being specifically targeted because of the work it does around human and civil rights.

“Mozn was to be presented the award at the annual ceremony in Stockholm, however, she was unable to attend as she has been banned from leaving Egypt on account of the investigation. Therefore, it was up to us travel to Egypt to see her and present her with the award for her tremendously hard work and her bravery.

“It was a great honour to attend tonight and also to reassure her that she has the support of feminist activists and progressive political activists from all over the world."

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