Laureates of the Marianne Initiative: Women fighting for rights and freedom

The Marianne Initiative, launched in 2021 by President Macron, aims to strengthen France’s action in support of human rights defenders.

This programme, developed in collaboration with associations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations and local communities, is fully aligned with France’s human rights and development strategy. Through this initiative, France and its partners are increasing the action taken by working more together.

“France stands alongside all those who advocate for women’s rights around the world.”

Catherine Colonna, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs

Discover 13 laureates of the 2021 Marianne Initiative

15 remarkable women committed to a number of combats, selected by an independent committee, formed the first group of Marianne Initiative laureates. For one year, they received personalized support, developed their human rights project and continued their work in their country, or in France for those who chose to seek asylum.

Representative of the diversity of the world’s regions and the human rights combat, they fight to defend fundamental rights and civil liberties, sometimes endangering their lives.

To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March 2023, the exhibition Women fighting for freedom showcases the faces and stories of some of the women chosen for this initiative.

The portraits will be displayed outside the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, Quai d’Orsay, Paris, from 6 March 2023.

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