This year’s FARBEN BEKENNEN AWARD, granted by the Senate Chancellery of the federal state of Berlin, demonstrated that „Made in Germany“ has many faces. In 2019, refugees who have shown entrepreneurial spirit have been rewarded: they have founded an organization and therewith promoted social cohesion and strengthened our democratic values. They have shown the courage and commitment to successfully put their ideas into practice in Berlin.
„In my mind, #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award is more than an award. It is an important message saying: Let’s not discuss refugees as a problem in our society anymore. They are people amongst us who can make a vital contribution to our city and our country. People who can create jobs and offer apprenticeships. People who add value to our city and our society, who enrich our society with their ideas and therefore give back to the country that took them in and provided shelter.“
Sawsan Chebli – Permanent Secretary for Active Citizenship and International Relations; Initiator of the #FARBENBEKENNEN Award
WINNERS OF THE #FARBENBEKENNEN AWARD 2019
Eligible for the prize are refugees who founded or co-founded an organization or an initiative in Berlin. With their idea, they are commited to the common good, strengthening the social cohesion and our democratic values. The #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award was presented in two categories on 1 December 2019:
In August, a jury consisting of civil society, politics and economy appointed the winner of the jury award from a preselection of applications. The prize consists of a financial award of EUR 10 000.
Cultural hangout and a new home away from home: Bashar Hassoun has created a place that brings people together from every corner of this world – using the global language of the arts and cuisine.
The jury further appointed three finalists for the citizens‘ audience award. The winner will be awarded EUR 10 000. The other two finalists will be awarded a medal honouring their commitment.
From the 23rd of October to the 13th of November 2019 the citizens took the decision about the audience award in an online voting.
The name of his start-up says it: Beslan Kabartai wants to give back joy to the German community with culinary delicacies – such as Syrian cheese, made in Brandenburg.
All for pluralism, human rights and democracy: Ramy Al-Asheq’s Arabic-German culture magazine is more than a website. It connects worlds.
Advocate of health education: Through her project Anab Mohamud promotes female empowerment by offering workshops and consultations about female health and family planning.
In 2019 a special award has been presented for the first time – an award that honours refugees who stand up against antisemitism and hereby act against that kind of injustice that they had to experience themselves back home: discrimination and ostracism. The winner of the special award against antisemitism is rewarded 5.000 EUR.
Against prejudices and discrimination – Sandy Albahri has made it her mission to nip racism and antisemitism in the bud – she works mainly with young refugees.
AWARD CEREMONY 2019
JURY PANEL 2019
A judging panel consisting of 12 members from of civil society, politics and economy selected the winner for the jury prize and the finalists for the citizens‘ prize.
Permanent Secretary for Active Citizenship and International Relations
– © Sharon Back
MALI M. BAUM
CEO & Founding Partner at WLOUNGE | Founding Partner MAGDA GROUP
Fund of funds
EKREM BORA (EKO FRESH)
CEO OHDE Neuköllner Marzipan GmbH
DR. STEFAN FRANZKE
CEO Berlin Partner for Business and Technology GmbH
Syn:format winner of #FARBENBEKENNEN-Award 2018
KIDA KHODR RAMADAN
Actor – © Hannes Gade
Head of HR SAP SE and SAP Germany
Accompanies the #FARBENBEKENNEN Award 2019