This year's Margherita von Brentano Prize of Freie Universität Berlin goes to the database project "Feminizidmap". The award is presented to an initiative whose participants have been documenting homicides committed against women and girls on the basis of their gender since 2019, thereby contributing to gender justice in jurisprudence. In justifying its decision, the jury emphasized that the group, which consists of students, scientists and activists, is doing "pioneering work" with the documentation of homicides in a field that has only recently come into the public eye. The interdisciplinary and international association provides important data for further legal, political, social and cultural changes so that these homicides can be processed and prevented in the future.
This year's award ceremony will take place on 16 November 2021.
Prof. Dr. Verena Blechinger-Talcott
Vizepräsidentin der Freien Universität Berlin
Prof. Dr. Martin Lücke
Wissenschaftlicher Leiter des Margherita-von-Brentano-Zentrums
Awarding of the prize to: Feminizidmap
Laudatio: Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf, Direktorin, Deutsches Institut für Menschenrechte
Vivir Quintana, Mexiko
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The Margherita von Brentano Prize, endowed with 15,000 euros, has been awarded since 1995 every two years by the university's Executive Board to outstanding individuals and innovative projects that have rendered outstanding services to the advancement of women and/or gender studies. Previous prizewinners include the student initiative "Medical Students for Choice" (2019), Prof. Dr. Beate Rudolf, the joint research collective "Frauen und Flucht" headed by Prof. Hansjörg Dilger und Kristina Dohrn (2017), the working group Arbeitskreis Historische Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung e.V. (2015), the initiative group for the foundation of a Centre for Gender Studies in Medicine (GiM) (2007) and the Berlin lawyer Seyran Ateş (2006).
The prize's eponym, Margherita von Brentano, received her doctorate from Martin Heidegger in 1948 and became a professor at the Institute for Philosophy at Freie Universität in 1971. In 1970, she was the first woman to be elected vice president of the university. Margherita von Brentano made it her concern to overcome professional discrimination against women at universities and research institutions as early as the early 1960s. She was also active in other social fields: Until her death in 1995, for example, she campaigned for the erection of a Berlin memorial to the victims of the Holocaust.
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