Young European of the Year 2019 gives a voice to young people
with plural identities in Europe

Every year since 1997, the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe has been honouring a young person who is particularly committed to European integration and understanding between people with the Young European of the Year award. This year, the winner is Yasmine Ouirhrane, who lives in France.


The prize has become a fixture in Europe and, with the prize money of €5,000, allows winners to either finance an internship in a European or international institution, or carry out their own project.

Yasmine Ouirhrane (23) is recognised as Young European of the Year 2019 for her commitment to equality for women and equal participation opportunities for migrants in Europe. At the age of 23, she is already an award-winning fellow of the “Women Deliver Young Leader” programme by Women Deliver. She helped organise the European Youth Forum’s Yo!Fest 2018 in Strasbourg and engages in projects with young people in underprivileged neighborhoods of France.

“As the daughter of an Italian mother and a father who immigrated to Italy, I’ve struggled all my life to be integrated and accepted. This award symbolises
a milestone and a big step towards the integration of all young European citizens,” says the new prize-winner.

A jury consisting of the Schwarzkopf Foundation’s chairman, a representative of the European Commission Representation in Germany, a representative of the European Youth Forum and two former prize-winners determined who received the prize. “Yasmine showed us her dream of a European society in which all human beings are equal and treated with dignity. Her courageous engagement against right-wing actors is a great inspiration to all of us,” Haris Kušmić and Lukas Meyer explained in the decision of the jury. Benjamin Günther from the European Youth Forum summed up: “Yasmine Ouirhrane’s dedication has proven to be an invaluable proponent of European rights and values.”

Since 2017, the European Youth Forum is a partner of the award, together with the Schwarzkopf Foundation Young Europe. The award ceremony took place in April 2019 during a Youth Forum event in Brussels.

More Information about the award ceremony you can find here.

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