Helena Ranta wins the first international Prix Lysistrata award on peace mediation

Submitted on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 14:50

Helena Ranta, Andrea Riccardi and Cheikh Khaled Bentounés received the first three Lysistrata awards for international peace mediation.  

The award is aimed at individuals and organisations that promote the peaceful settlement of conflicts and peace mediation in the Mediterranean countries and elsewhere in the world.

Professor Helena Ranta is distinguished for her work to solve the Balkan war crimes, but her expertise has been successfully used in the investigation of genocide also in Asia and Africa.

Andrea Riccardi is the founder of the international Community of Sant’Egidio and a former minister in Italy. Cheikh Khaled Bentounés is the Chairman of the Algerian AISA Internationale Alawiya organisation, which has observer status in the United Nations.

Prix Lysistrata was founded earlier this year on the initiative of the Institut de Médiation Guillaume-Hofnung at the University of Paris-Sud and the MED21 network.

The first award ceremony is organised on Tuesday 12 December 2017 by Beït al-Hikma, the Tunisian Academy of Sciences, Letters and Arts, in its historic palace in Carthage.

The name Lysistrata comes from the ancient Greek play where the main character persuades the women of Greece to withhold sexual privileges from their husbands as a means of forcing the men to negotiate peace.

Three senior experts from three institutions north of the Mediterranean and three institutions south of the Mediterranean were invited to establish the award. The institutions include for example CAWTAR, the Center of Arab Woman for Training and Research Tunisian and TAPRI, Tampere Peace Research Institute from the University of Tampere.

“As we are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Finnish independence, it is especially significant that the internationally renowned Finnish expert, Professor Helena Ranta, has been selected as the recipient of the first Lysistrata award," says Tuomo Melasuo, professor emeritus of peace and conflict studies at the University of Tampere.

For more information, please contact:
Professor emeritus, founder of Prix Lysistrata Tuomo Melasuo
+358 40 190 1592, tuomo.melasuo@uta.fi