About The Prize

The Samira al-Khalil Prize is intended to reward, once a year, a woman whose practice and trajectory are in solidarity with the struggle to put an end to the infringement of fundamental rights and freedoms in the Arab and Mediterranean regions.

It will be awarded on International Women's Rights Day, 8 March, in Paris, France.

Each year, the call for applications will highlight a specific practice in a diverse range of fields: arts, literature and defense of human rights (such as translation, painting, writing, activism, research, etc.).

The 2023 call for applications is dedicated for women filmmakers (all film or video genres are eligible). The deadline for applications was on 1st September 2022.

Applications are open to any woman of at least 18 years of age.

Each year, a new jury will be formed according to the discipline being honored.

Only 1 application per year is possible. A laureate cannot receive the award more than once.

The winner of the Samira al-Khalil Prize will receive the sum of 5,000 euros. She will be publicized as widely as possible within the framework of the association's activities. The laureate will also benefit, if she wishes, from facilitated access to feminist networks and possible training courses implemented by them.

This prize should be seen as a reward but also as an encouragement to continue the laureate’s efforts for better representation, all over the world, of women's actions and their struggles in the Arab and Mediterranean regions.

To submit an application, we invite you to fill out the online application form. You can apply for yourself or for a person of your choice.

After receiving your application, if you are shortlisted, we will get back to you to ask for more information. Shortlisted candidates will be informed at the end of October each year.