On 28 November 2018, the European Movement International and the European Women’s Lobby organised the third edition of the Women of Europe Awards. The awards, which are handed out in four categories, aim to highlight the efforts of women in politics, civil society and business.  This year’s ceremony took place at the House of the Region of  Brussels (BIP) and was attended by representatives from civil society, NGOs, politics, business, local authorities, trade unions  and employer organisations.

Take a look at the press release to find out more about the reaction from our winners and jury.

The 2018 winners are:

Woman in Power: Marianne Thyssen, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility;

Woman in Action: Together for Yes (Orla O’Connor, Ailbhe Smyth and Grainne Griffin), co-directors of the Irish national campaign to repeal the 8th amendment (on abortion);

Woman in Business: Axelle Lemaire, Global Head of Terra Numerata, Roland Berger;

Woman in Youth Activism: Sigrid Friis Proschowski, Chair of Radikal Ungdom Denmark.

Thank you @EMInternational for the #WomenOfEurope award for putting social high on #Europe‘s agenda. I would like to dedicate this award to the many strong, driven and determined women who make a difference all over Europe. #WomenInPower pic.twitter.com/Asm6Iv8Zbg

— Marianne Thyssen (@mariannethyssen) November 28, 2018

While the role of women in the European project remains largely unrecognised, the awards aim to acknowledge and showcase their inspiring initiatives which lend a voice to women across Europe and defend European values such as democracy, inclusion and diversity. From Ireland to Denmark, women are defending the European project in their private and professional capacity, and their voice deserves to heard.

Thank you @EMInternational, we were delighted to receive #WomenInAction award, it’s fantastic recognition for everyone in @Together4yes and for all the women who have campaigned for decades to #Repealthe8th https://t.co/8LrbJUjNqQ

— Orla O’Connor (@OrlaNWCI) November 28, 2018

Who were the shortlisted candidates? 

Read their stories here.

Congratulations @Sigridfriis! So well deserved: You are great! And so is your organisation @radikalungdom https://t.co/MZ2MHPxDtG

— Margrethe Vestager (@vestager) November 28, 2018

The jury

The winners were selected by the the jury of 7, which included representatives from politics, civil society and the business sector.