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Prize for Dr Paulina Hauser's dissertation

KfW Promotional Bank and the Development Economics Commission of Socialpolitik e.V. (German Economic Association) honour early-stage researchers whose dissertations combine academic excellence and practical relevance for development policy with the award for practice-oriented development research. This year, Dr Paulina Hauser was honoured for her thesis "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. A social-ethical analysis of human rights violations against women from a global perspective" was awarded third place, which is endowed with 1,500 euros.

Group photo of the award winners
Krisztina Kis-Katos (Chairwoman of the Development Economics Commission), Vera Molitor (KfW), Manuela Fritz, Tobias Korn, Paulina Hauser (from left) Photo: Brajan Gruszka

The award ceremony took place during the annual conference of the Development Economics Commission of the association for Socialpolitic in Hannover. The prize is intended to promote dialogue between science and practice and honours outstanding research that deepens our understanding of how development happens, succeeds or can be promoted. It is aimed at early-stage researchers and honours three doctoral dissertations each year that combine scientific excellence and practical relevance for development policy.

In her dissertation, Dr Paulina Hauser deals with the human rights of women worldwide from an ethical perspective, which represent a difficult key point in discourses on gender and culture. The interdisciplinary and culturally sensitive study systematically explores the topic of women's human rights from a global perspective. Gender-specific aspects of human rights violations are analysed; philosophical, socio-theoretical and socio-ethical perspectives are discussed. The structural and symbolic realisation of gender justice is presented in this study as an approach to sustainably protect women's human rights.