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Published: 29 October 2021Last change: 30 October 2018

The winner of the Kartini Prize 2021 is POLKA Center for Polish Women. Alderman Arjen Kapteijns (Emancipation) announced this today. There was a festive program that started with a performance by spoken word artist Frandjeschka Balootje. Subsequently, the developments surrounding women’s emancipation in The Hague were discussed with the nominees. The award ceremony was concluded with a festive drink.

The Kartini Prize is a municipal emancipation prize and is awarded annually. With this prize, The Hague wants to inspire and stimulate all residents of The Hague. Anyone who contributes to an equal position and participation of women in The Hague can win the prize. Other nominees were Roos Padmos and Box it Out. The Kartini Prize was awarded for the fifteenth time this year.

Women’s emancipation is still not completed in The Hague, says alderman Kapteijns. The influence of women in business, the media and politics is still too small. Women work fewer hours, have less good jobs and are paid considerably less for the same job. I think it is especially important that women can support themselves. Then they are less dependent on others, can take matters into their own hands and determine their own future.From the jury report POLKA – Center for Polish women was founded in October 2007 at the initiative of Polish women from The Hague in collaboration with the Segbroek district. The activities are aimed at emancipating and integrating Polish women. POLKA aims to increase the resilience, economic and social independence of Polish women and thereby ensure a better and faster integration in The Hague. POLKA does this by creating a meeting place where women can come to get to know people, build their own network and where they get the right information for their requests for help. POLKA organizes meetings, thematic lectures on, for example, employment law and money management, courses such as job application training, but also creative workshops. Every Friday evening there is a walk-in in the district center De Regenvalk. In addition to the physical meetings, POLKA is also active online. In a closed group on Facebook, more than 1.400 Polish women who live in The Hague and surroundings are taking part. Due to corona, POLKA also started online webinars in mid-April 2018. Dozens of webinars have since been organized with various experts in the fields of finance, education, psychological help and domestic violence. Each webinar was followed and viewed by thousands of women.In addition to its regular activities, POLKA is also looking for cooperation with other organizations in the city. Examples include Women’s Day in Segbroek, a photo exhibition about Polish women in The Hague and meetings with Pakistani women for the Haags Verhaal project. Research that POLKA had carried out in 2018 shows that they demonstrably make a significant contribution to the emancipation and integration of Polish women in The Hague. A Polish psychologist has even made participation in POLKA’s activities part of her therapy for women suffering from loneliness, depression and other psychological complaints.The Kartini PrizeThe municipal women’s emancipation prize was awarded in 1904 set. The award is named after the Javanese Councils Adjeng Kartini (400-1904), who from an early age resisted the traditional norms and values ​​towards girls that she perceives as oppressive. Mrs. Kartini also became known far beyond Indonesia and is still seen as an important source of inspiration.

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