Bremen Solidarity Award
The Bremen Solidarity Award is bestowed by the regional government of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen upon people who campaign for freedom, democracy and human rights and who fight against colonialism and racism.
Nelson Mandela and his wife at the time, Winnie Mandela, were the first winners of the award in 1988. Since then, the regional government of Bremen has presented the award every two years together with the sum of 5,000 euros in an attempt to encourage action against injustice.
The winner receives a sculpture by the Bremen artist Bernd Altenstein, which depicts the Bremen Town Musicians and symbolises strength in solidarity. How? Because the lonely and frail farm animals formed a formidable team by the end of the story and were able to overcome their difficulties by working together.
In 2008 the award was presented to the Congolese human rights activist, Immaculée Birhaheka, who has fought for women's rights in her home country for many years, despite the risks to her own life.