Goethe Medal 2017 Three strong women

Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, Irina Scherbakowa, Johannes Ebert, Marianne Birthler, Emily Dische-Becker, Emily Nasrallah, Christina von Braun, Urvashi Butalia, Christa Wichterich
Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, Irina Scherbakowa, Johannes Ebert, Marianne Birthler, Emily Dische-Becker, Emily Nasrallah, Christina von Braun, Urvashi Butalia, Christa Wichterich | Photo: Maik Schuck

Publisher Urvashi Butalia of India, writer Emily Nasrallah of Lebanon and civil rights activist Irina Shcherbakova of Russia were awarded the Goethe Medal on 28 August.

Every year, the Goethe-Institut confers the Goethe Medal as the official decoration of the Federal Republic of Germany to honour figures who have performed outstanding service for international cultural dialogue. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the president of the Goethe-Institut, paid tribute to the great commitment of the three awardees who courageously and decisively campaign against unequal treatment.