Citizenship award 2022


A picture containing outdoor, tree, person, parkDescription automatically generatedThe 18th P&V Foundation Citizenship Award is awarded to Hungarian LGBTQI+ rights activist Dorottya Rédai. The controversy surrounding the publication "Meseország mindenkié" (A Fairytale for Everyone) accelerated Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban's enactment of the law prohibiting the 'promotion of homosexuality to minors' in 2021.

Since this controversy, the book has been translated into several languages, including a French translation available from 20 October. The Citizenship Award will be presented on 16 November 2022 in Brussels.



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The citizenship award 2022 Goes to Dorottya Redai


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The 18th P&V Foundation Citizenship Award is awarded to Hungarian LGBTQI+ rights activist Dorottya Rédai. The controversy surrounding the publication "Meseország mindenkié" (A Fairytale for Everyone) accelerated Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orban's enactment of the law prohibiting the 'promotion of homosexuality to minors' in 2021.

Since this controversy, the book has been translated into several languages, including a French translation available from 20 October. The Citizenship Award will be presented on 16 November 2022 in Brussels.


A symbol of courage

Dorottya Rédai from Hungary received her PhD in Comparative Gender Studies at the Central European University (CEU). Based on her thesis, the book "Exploring Sexuality in Schools. The Intersectional Reproduction of Inequality" was published in 2019 by Palgrave Macmillan.

In addition to her academic activities, Dorottya Rédai is an active member of the lesbian rights NGO (Labrisz) where she works as a trainer in the school programme "Getting to know LGBT people". Her intersectional approach highlights the issue of gender and social inequalities.

Dorottya Rédai is the coordinator of the book project "Meseország mindenkié" (A Fairytale for Everyone )published in French by Talents Hauts under the name "Brune-Feuille, le prince se marie et autres contes inclusifs". The storybook features LGBTQI+ characters in new interpretations of traditional fairy tales. It shows the diversity of modern society. Gender, religion, origin, sexual preference, social class, skin colour. Respect is due to everyone.

The controversy surrounding the publication of this book accelerated Victor Orban's promulgation of the law prohibiting 'the promotion of homosexuality among minors'. The censorship of 'Meseország mindenkié' (A Fairytale for Everyone), which can only be sold in a package and on the adult section of bookshops, has clearly set the limits of the debate on freedom of expression in Hungary and elsewhere. Across Europe, the book, translated into several languages, echoed the LGBTQI+ struggle and the opponents of fundamental rights. Dorottya Rédai has turned research on gender and social inequality into a strong and courageous commitment as a social activist.

Fairytale for Everyone

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This collection of fairy tales features a Roma Cinderella, a mixed-race Sleeping Beauty, a lesbian Snow Queen and non-gender deer... The book explores the place of sexuality in society and in school as a place of learning and socialisation. Based on scientific research, it questions the role of teachers and the preparation of students for issues of gender and ethnicity.


The book addresses themes as varied as gender, social and racial inequalities. The storybook is a plea against exclusion and an encouragement for everyone to be who they are.


For more diversity and inclusion

copyright Lilla Bölecz

As a Foundation, we believe that diversity in today's society must be defined in all its forms: gender, religion, origin, sexual preference, social class, skin colour. In this sense, for Olivier Servais, Co-President of the Foundation, Professor of Anthropology and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at UCLouvain, "Dorottya Rédai is a great personality, who can help to better reach, understand and support people who are often fighting alone in their country for the respect of the rule of law and diversity. She is committed to an important issue with a high risk-taking in the Hungarian context. It is a unique opportunity to show our solidarity and to explain this struggle from the inside out". In addition to the issue of gender and LGTB rights, she also works on raising awareness among children and young people, an important theme for our Foundation.

Through her work, Dorottya Rédai underlined the importance of early socialisation in the development of democratic, tolerant and supportive attitudes, including the fight against prejudice.

pictures: copyright Lilla Bölecz


Knack, Jeroen Zuallaert, " Dorottya Redai:Hongaarse holebiactiviste:‘Jongeren snappen niet waarom de regering zo geobsedeerd is door de homobeweging" 19/10/2022,p.10-15

Le Soir, Fanny Declerq, "Dorottya Redai, prix de la citoyenneté: «La cause LGBT fait pleinement partie de la démocratie" 19/10/2022


MO*, Gie Goris, "Dorottya Rédai: ‘Dictators vrezen sprookjes meer dan betogingen'"19/10/2022

Le Vif, "La militante hongroise Dorottya Rédai reçoit le Prix de la Citoyenneté de P&V"19/10/2022


Citizenship Award

Since 2005, the Citizenship Award has been awarded each year to Belgian or international people, initiatives or organisations who invest in the building of an open, democratic, tolerant and inclusive society, in an exemplary way.

Discover the film made on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Citizenship Award here:

Previous award winners

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​2021: Jean Drèze

The 17th Citizenship Award goes to Jean Drèze for his work as a development economist and his fight for social equality in India and elsewhere. He is a passionate advocate of research for action: economic research that wants to improve the world. (Download pdf award)


2020 : Waad al-Kateab

The 16th Citizenship Award was given to journalist and filmmaker Waad al-Kateab. The jury chose to reward the career of a female journalist from Syria, for her active and militant citizenship. She works passionately in favour of freedom of speech and respect for the opinion of others, human rights, the right to health care, as well as the safety of nurses and doctors. ​​​​​​​(Download pdf award)


2019: Virginie Nguyen and Geert Mak

The 15th Citizenship Prize was awarded to journalists Virginie Nguyen and Geert Mak. The jury chose to reward two laureates who project in an accessible way, through testimonies and portraits of ordinary people, a narrative and a broader vision of society. And they do it perfectly, each in their own way: one through the image and the other through the words.

(Download pdf award) 



2018: Michel Pradolini

The fourteenth Citizenship Prize went to a Belgian personality. Michel Pradolini is a committed entrepreneur and the founder and chairman of City Pirates, a widely supported social project and football club active in various neighborhoods of Antwerp, which has 1,200 young people.





2017: Paul Collier

The Citizenship Award 2017 was accorded to an internationally-recognised academic luminary who specialises in development and migration issues. Paul Collier combines his excellent academic work with his strong, pragmatic commitment to more equality and social justice in the world. He has also shown a very high level of social engagement in at least three areas: economic development in Africa, the fight against poverty and refugee issues. (Download pdf Award Winner 2017)

2016: Michel Claise and Jan Nolf

Because it is one of the cornerstones of a democratic country and because it is today under heavy pressure, justice is the public sector which was chosen for the Citizenship Award 2016. The Citizenship Award 2016 was given out to Jan Nolf, honorary justice of the peace and critical ovserver and Michel Claise, investigating magistrate specialised in financial crime. (Download pdf Award Winner 2016)

2015: Eric Domb and Frans De Clerck

The Citizenship Award 2015 has been accorded to Eric Domb, founder of Pairi Daiza, and Frans De Clerck, co-founder of Triodos bank Belgium. These two men have shown that entrepreneurship is compatible with exemplary citizenship and with an ethical and respectful approach of the human being, of society and the planet. They also have demonstrated that entrepreneurship can be a key component of exemplary citizenship, as well as an important means to strive for a better world. (Download pdf Award Winner 2015)



2014: Ho Chul Chantraine et Reinhilde Decleir

In 2014, the Citizenship Award was accorded to two persons who daily give socially vulnerable people the opportunity to participate in society: Reinhilde Decleir, actress and instigator of the Theater Company "Tutti Fratelli" and Ho Chul Chantraine, Founder of Agricovert, a cooperative company with social objectives and available for ecological producers. (Download pdf Award Winner 2014)




2013: Jan Goossens

2013 : Jan Goossens, Artistic Director of the Brussels Royal Flemish Theatre (KVS). He has led the KVS to a urban and contemporary theater, focusing on diversity in his own country and on cultural wealth elsewhere in the world. (download pdf Award winner 2013)

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2012: Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish

2012 : Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, peace activist and author of " I Shall Not Hate". (download pdf Award winner 2012)

2011: Stéphane Hessel

2011 : Stéphane Hessel, author of « Time for Outrage: Indignez-vous » (download pdf Award winner 2011)

2010: Jacqueline Rousseau and Guido Verschueren

2010: Jacqueline Rousseau, founder of Adeppi (Atelier d'Education Permanente pour Personnes Incarcérées) and Guido Verschueren, director of the Central Prison of Leuven. (download pdf Award winner 2010)

2009 : Kif Kif and Les Territoires de la Mémoire

2009 : Kif Kif and Les Territoires de la Mémoire, two Belgian associations wich spread the value of solidarity and dialogue. (download pdf Award winner 2009)

2008: Jeanne Devos en Simone Susskind

2008: Jeanne Devos, a militant human rights activist and founder of the National Domestic Workers Movement (MDWM) and Simone Susskind, chairwoman of the Actions in the Mediterranean Association. (download pdf Award winner 2008)

2007 : Khady Koita

2007: Khady Koita, a militant Senegalese human rights activist and the chairwoman of Euronet FGM (European network for the eradication of feminine genital mutilation) and the author of the book Les Mutilées (Mutilated Women). (download pdf Award winner 2007)

2006 : Wannes van de Velde en the Dardenne brothers

2006: Wannes Van de Velde, a Flemish singer, plastic arts creator and writer and brothers Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, film-makers. (download pdf Award winner 2006)

2005 : Fadela Amara and Job Cohen

2005: Fadela Amara, then chairwoman of the "Ni Putes Ni Soumises" (Neither Whores Nor Submissives) organisation, today secretary of state in the French government and Job Cohen, mayor of Amsterdam. (download pdf Award winner 2005)


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