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Honours and Awards for Monika Hauser

In recognition of her tireless commitment to benefit women and girls, Monika Hauser from medica mondiale has received numerous awards and prizes.

The four women who were awarded the 2008 Right Livelihood Award posing for a group photo, holding their framed award certificates.
Monika Hauser (2nd f. l.), founder of the women’s rights and relief organisation medica mondiale, received the 2008 Right Livelihood Award.

2016 "25 Women" Award

Monika Hauser was one of the women honoured as “25 Women Who Make Our World Better” in the 2016 round of the award from the online magazine Edition F. Edition F is an important feminist voice in the German media. The “25 Women” Award honoured activists working for a peaceful way of living together, an ecological economy and sustainability. There were more than 750 women suggested, from which a jury nominated 50. Some 10,000 people then took part in the online voting.

2012 North-South Prize

In 2012, the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe was awarded to Monika Hauser “in recognition of her contribution to providing assistance to women in crisis-torn countries, and in particular for women who experienced sexualised violence”. The Council of Europe has awarded this prize every year since 1995 to two candidates who have stood out for their commitment to promoting human rights, intercultural exchange and North-South solidarity.

2008 “Alternative Nobel Prize”

In October 2008, the founder of medica mondiale, Monika Hauser, was awarded the Right Livelihood Award – also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. The jury recognised her “tireless commitment to working with women who have experienced the most horrific sexual violence in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, and campaigning for them to receive social recognition and compensation”.

Further awards and honours (selection)


Aschaffenburg “Courage Prize”


Zonta International Centennial Award


Else Mayer Prize


Paracelsus Medal from the German Medical Association


“Courageous Lioness” Award from the German Medical Women’s Association


State Prize of North Rhine-Westphalia


Fundraising Award from the German Fundraising Association


Annette Barthelt Prize


“Gustav Heinemann Citizen’s Prize” from the SPD


“Women of the Year” from the Tagesthemen (current affairs broadcast)