The event was held at the Generalitat Palace’s Sant Jordi hall on Friday 26 July.
The head of the Executive Branch awarded the XXV Premi Internacional Catalunya (International Catalonia Prize) to former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland and Pakistani student Malala Yousafzai. The ceremony was held at the Generalitat Palace’s Sant Jordi hall on Friday 26 July. The Minister of Education, Irene Rigau, the vice-chairman of the prize, Xavier Rubert de Ventós, and the Minister of Culture, Ferran Mascarell, among other authorities, were present at the event.
The Premi Internacional Catalunya (International Catalonia Prize) is awarded annually by the Generalitat to distinguish people who have contributed decisively through their creative work to develop cultural, scientific or human values around the world. The award includes an €80,000 cash prize and the sculpture La clau i la lletra by recently deceased Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies.
The jury unanimously awarded the XXV International Catalonia Prize to Gro Harlem Brundtland and to Malala Yousafzai, considering them to be “emblematic figures in the defence of the rights of women and improving their conditions”. In the case of Brundtland, the jury recognised her ability to “connect health and the environment both in the direct provision of services and from a political and strategic perspective.” In the case of Malala Yousafzai, the jury lauded “her struggle, at great risk to her own life, for the right to education, from a very young age and in an extremely difficult context.”