The Prize for Freedom is awarded annually by Liberal International to honor an individual who has made an exceptional contribution to the advancement of human rights and political freedoms. Recipients come from across the world and have fought on issues from women’s empowerment to establishing democracy. The first Prize for Freedom was awarded in 1985 to Raúl Alfonsín.
This year, LI President Dr. Juli Minoves will award the prize to Waris Dirie. Ms. Dirie is from Somalia and, as a former UN Special Ambassador and a political activist, has fought to raise awareness of the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM).