Liisa Kauppinen, President emeritus of the World Federation of the Deaf, has become the first Finnish recipient of a United Nations Human Rights Prize.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented Kauppinen with the award in New York on 10th December 2013.
Kauppinen was Executive Director at the Finnish Association of the Deaf from 1976 to 2006, and became the first female president of the World Federation for the Deaf in 1995. In addition to her work with deaf people’s rights Kauppinen has worked to improve women’s and especially disabled women’s rights internationally, reports Good News from Finland.
The United Nations Prize in the Field of Human Rights is an honorary award given to individuals and organizations in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights. The Prize has been awarded every five years since 1968. Previous laureates have included Amnesty International, Jimmy Carter, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Eleanor Roosevelt.
Other awardees this year include the Pakistani teenage Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year.