Kristiina Kumpula, the Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross, receives an award from the Council of Europe

Jarkko Mikkonen / Finnish Red Cross
The Finnish Red Cross, led by Kumpula, is being praised for the humane treatment of asylum seekers.
Image: Jarkko Mikkonen / Finnish Red Cross

Kristiina Kumpula, the Secretary General of the Finnish Red Cross, received the North-South Prize of the Council of Europe. Kumpula's selection is based on her exemplary work in promoting international solidarity and cross-cultural co-operation.

The prize is awarded by the North-South Centre, whose purpose is to promote partnership between the North and the South. The prize is awarded annually to two people who have promoted global solidarity and democracy. In addition to Kumpula, Abbas Gullet, the Secretary General of the Kenya Red Cross Society, will also receive the prize this year.
 

Kumpula works actively both in Finland and internationally 

Kumpula is being recognised for her work in promoting social rights in Finland and abroad. She has actively supported cross-cultural co-operation and its development in East Africa. The national Red Cross societies participating in this project based on fair partnership include the Finnish Red Cross and the Somali Red Crescent Society. The Finnish Red Cross, led by Kumpula, is being praised for the humane treatment of asylum seekers.
 
Kumpula started her career in the Finnish Red Cross as the Secretary for Internationalisation Education in 1987, and afterwards, she has acted as the Director of National Programmes and Organisational Development, as well as the Head of Programmes. She has been the Secretary General since 2004.
She also holds many positions of trust. She has been the chair of the Finnish Advisory Board for Civil Society Policy (KANE) since 2017 and the chair of the Finnish Federation for Social Affairs and Health (SOSTE) in 2012–2018.
 
Kristiina Kumpula and Abbas Gullet will receive their prizes in Lisbon, Portugal 7 May 2018.
 

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