We are pleased to announce that our colleague, Almudena Bernabéu, co-founder and co-director of Guernica37, has been awarded with the 26th International Prize of the Spanish Federation of Female Directors, Executives, Professionals and Businesswomen (FEDEPE; www.fedepe.com) for her “contribution to give prominence to models of women leadership”.
FEDEPE is comprised of female executives and entrepreneurs that since 1987 have coordinated to promote female leadership by building greater sensitivity towards equal opportunities in senior management; and by demanding a proper, dignified business and professional environment for women. FEDEPE fights for a more equal distribution of powers that could stop under-representing half of the population “despite their demonstrable qualifications, expertise and willingness, in terms of social influence, to assume responsibilities and take decisions”.
This award seeks to provide value to the “history of Spanish women in the areas of business and labour”, as well as empower women in leadership positions. This year, Almudena was also included in the list “40 Women for Labour Equality” by the Spanish newspaper El País. After receiving the prize, she will become part of the Circle FEDEPE prizewinners, comprised by the “women and entities awarded with his Prize” in the long history of the Spanish Federation.
Almudena Bernabéu has devoted more than 15 years of life to the fight against impunity for international crimes and to the defence of the rights of victims of human rights abuses. Her efforts have proven fundamental to achieve paradigmatic judicial successes in the history of transitional justice. In this vein, Almudena’s work was key to convict Guatemala ex-dictator Efraín Ríos Montt for his responsibility in the Mayan genocide, to achieve truth and justice for the death of Victor Jara at the hands of the Chilean regime of Pinochet, to facilitate the extradition of the colonel responsible for the massacre of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador, and to file the first criminal complaint against high ranking members of the Syrian security and intelligence forces for the heinous oppression they inflicted on civilian population during the Syrian conflict.
In these last months, Almudena has co-founded three legal entities specialized in human rights, international criminal law, transnational litigation and transitional justice in London, Madrid and San Francisco to increase the efficiency of the fight for victims’ rights. Almudena now leads, with the same passion and devotion that has characterized her work in the last decades, a group of lawyers committed to the values of international and transnational justice, developing projects in Latin America, Africa, Middle East and South Asia.
The prize-giving ceremony, which will be presided by Her Majesty the Queen of Spain, will take place on 25th October 2017 at CSIC’s Conference Hall.
The members of the Guernica Group would like to publicly congratulate Almudena, and send our sincere and deepest ovation for this richly-deserved prize. Guernica is a pioneering institution mainly comprised by women, who have pursued their place in the difficult world of Law following the paths opened by other women who, like Almudena, have fought to achieve real gender equality at all levels and vindicate the essential role of women in all Peace and Justice processes.
More information available at: http://www.mujeresdirectivas.es/es/te-interesa/noticias/item/418-galardonadas-xxvi-edicion-premios-fedepe
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