Sylvia Michel Prize

Chilean theologian and lawyer Cecilia Castillo Nanjarí has been awarded for her work against domestic violence and gender justice for more than 30 years. Cecilia Castillo has also worked for the Latin America programme of Mission 21.

The international Sylvia Michel prize is donated by the Reformed Church of Aargau. It will go to South America for the first time in 2020, to Chile. The prize will be delivered on March 8, 2020, in Zug. Its goal is to promote women in leadership positions in the church.

The award-winning Cecilia Castillo Nanjarí has been campaigning against domestic violence for more than 30 years and in favour of social and economic equality of opportunities as fundamental elements for the human dignity of women.

Currently, Cecilia Castillo is also committed to more justice and against violence in Chile. Together with other representatives of the churches and the Faith Based Organisations, she delivered an open letter to Chilean President Sebastián Piñera on October 22d. As a “network for life and dignity,” organisations called on the government to restore the rule of law and meet the demands of citizens.