The president of the Generalitat, Pere Aragonès, announced this Monday that the Government has awarded the XXXIII International Prize of Catalonia, corresponding to the year 2021 -it has not been awarded before due to the pandemic-, to the North American philosopher and human rights activist Judith Butler. He said it in an act at the Pati dels Tarongers of the Palau de la Generalitat, together with the Minister of Equality and Feminism, Tània Verge, and the delegate president of the award jury, Mary Ann Newman.
Aragonès has highlighted the trajectory and work of Butler, who «has revolutionized and transformed the feminist theory on her gender studies, her activism for gay and lesbian rights, and her support of the queer movement.
The award, endowed with 80,000 euros, seeks to distinguish those people who have contributed with their creative work to developing cultural, scientific or human values throughout the world.
In this sense, the president has praised Butler’s political commitment as the basis for articulating his theoretical project, which aims to combat all forms of violence: «The normative, the symbolic, the physical, the sexual or the political. Violence that conditions the lives of certain groups, especially the most vulnerable and exposed to the risk of exclusion.
«Because of all this, Butler’s activism and thought is inspiring because it offers us a desire to live, to put life at the center. That life matters, that life counts and that this is possible, but also because their lucidity helps us to think and reflect on key aspects of our society and our way of living».
In her speech, Verge has defined Butler as a benchmark of contemporary feminism and believes that her contributions invite us to “resist and subvert that alleged normality based on social norms that make life unlivable for many people, especially women, LGTBI people, people trans and non-binary.
He has also claimed his contributions in the field of peace and non-violence, something that he sees as especially relevant given the situation in Ukraine: “An award that shows Catalonia’s commitment to peace, in a context that we are once again experiencing in Europe the threat of war. To reward Judith Bulter today is to say once again ‘no to war’.