“It is not for nothing that we announce the prize winner today, on safe abortion day,” said jury chairman Prof. Dr. Janka Stoker. “Unfortunately, safe abortion is still not self-evident, and women’s rights are under pressure worldwide. The jury appreciates Rebecca Gomperts for her impressive fight for these rights, and for the courage in which she works tirelessly for women around the world.”
150 years ago
It is extra special for the University to be able to announce this in the Aletta year, because it is 150 years ago that Aletta Jacobs started her medical studies in Groningen. Stoker: “In 2021, Gomperts is committed to women’s health rights in the same passionate and inspiring way as Jacobs did in her time, so we couldn’t have wished for a more appropriate winner this year.”
Women on Waves
Rebecca Gomperts is trained as a doctor. During her internships in Africa and traveling with Greenpeace to South America, she heard many stories about unwanted pregnancies and the lack of access to safe, legal abortion. It inspired her to found Women on Waves in 1999. She strongly links women’s rights to general human rights. She sees it as her task to make it clear to people that a woman’s right to dispose of her own body is a fundamental right, and if it is badly done, other rights are also not going well.
Better access to abortion
Rebecca Gomperts also fights in the Netherlands for better access to abortion and the abortion pill. According to her, the Netherlands is lagging behind compared to other countries, and scientific results are not put into practice. ‘Abortion is still punishable by a doctor who is not licensed and can face up to 4 years in prison while prescribing the abortion pill is safer than paracetamol. At the same time, the government does provide subsidies to the anti-abortion organization Siriz.’, according to Gomperts.
Woman with university education
Every two years, the University of Groningen awards the Aletta Jacobs Prize to a woman with an academic education who has made herself national and/or international in the field of emancipation. The prize was established by Prof. Eric Bleumink, former president and Rector Magnificus of the Executive Board. The Aletta Jacobs Prize was previously awarded to, among others, Khadija Arib, Neelie Kroes, Lilian Gonçalves-Ho Kang You and Els Borst.
By: National Education Guide
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Aletta Jacobs Prize 2022 is for abortion rights activist Rebecca Gomperts
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