Dortmund (dpa/lnw) - The PerMenti initiative received the Mevlüde-Genç medal from the state of North Rhine-Westphalia for supporting immigrant women in their professional development. Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) will award the project today in Dortmund, the State Chancellery announced.
PerMenti is aimed at newly immigrated, mostly refugee women with a good education and professional experience in qualified professions. While the women are still learning German, they can use the project to prepare for their career start. Among other things, internships are arranged that build on the professional experience of the women.
The Mevlüde Genç Medal was donated in 2018 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Solingen arson attack. It honors individuals or associations that have made a special contribution to tolerance, reconciliation between cultures and the peaceful coexistence of religions in the spirit of Mevlüde Genç. The Genç couple lost two daughters, two grandchildren and a niece in May 1993 after right-wing extremists threw incendiary devices into their home. 17 family members were seriously injured.