The North-South Prize has been awarded every year since 1995 to two candidates : a candidate from the North and one from the South (preferably to a man and a woman).
Candidates should be recognised within the following fields of action: human rights protection, defence of pluralist democracy, promotion of public awareness about issues concerning global solidarity and interdependence, and reinforcement of the North-South partnership.
Interview with Souhayr Belhassen
Human rights activist Souhayr Belhassen is the joint winner of the 2011 North-South Prize for her work in the struggle for women's rights in the developing world. The Tunisian, who is President of the International Federation of Human Rights, is also considered a symbol for the historical changes in the Arab world in 2011, setting an example for gender equality and fairness in the region.