The Simone Veils Prize of the French Republic for gender equality was presented in Paris to the collective “Vivas we love” , an Ecuadorian feminist group.
This was reported by the French Embassy in Ecuador and the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, through its social networks.
The collective fights against femicides and other forms of violence against women. The delivery of the recognition, which is accompanied by a prize of 100 thousand euros, was made by Jean-Yves Le Drian, Chancellor of France, to Ruth Montenegro , a member of the Ecuadorian group.
“They, with their struggle, are creating new possibilities and new forms of relationship between men and women,” said the diplomat. “The collective struggle is, therefore, an emblematic struggle: in fighting so that Ecuadorian women and girls have access to a safe abortion, they are fighting so that they can maintain control of their own destiny,” said Le Drian.
For its part, Montenegro said that ” I bring in my voice the cry, the cry of thousands, of the survivors and of the families for whom our dead, our disappeared, are the engine that drives and gives meaning to our daily struggle.” And demanded the end of impunity for crimes of a macho nature.
The activist Anne Ravanona, a member of the jury, stressed that the group was chosen from more than 80 proposals from more than 48 countries .
On their Twitter account (@Vivas_Ec), the group stressed that “ this recognition belongs to all of us: those who have taken to the streets to march , feminist lawyers, artivists, survivors, those who accompany each other, those that we refuse to forget and to silence. Above all it is a recognition of the memory of Karina, Vanessa, Angie, Valentina, Johana, Angelica, Paola, Carolina, Juliana. Giovanna, Nicole and all the ones that are gone. Thanks to the families that collectivized their pain and turned it into a germ of struggle, which mobilizes us in a single cry because #VivasNosQueremos ”.