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Journalist and author Ingeborg Senneset receives the Fredrikke prize

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Ingeborg Senneset is this year’s recipient of the Fredrikke prize. Photo: Fredrik Varfjell / NTB

Of NTB | 01.06.2024 15:33:03

Science and technology: Senneset receives the prize for putting eating disorders on the agenda and for promoting science and facts.

– You have a unique ability to put into words a painful disorder that many people carry. Through experience and knowledge, you help to reduce shame and stigma, said organizational leader Marit Bjørnstad in Sanitetskvinnenne when she presented Senneset with the award.

Senneset is praised for using his own story to put eating disorders on the agenda and for his fight for science and facts to be the basis for health decisions.

In its justification, the jury emphasized that eating disorders are a serious and often stigmatized disorder that needs a strong and fearless voice. Senneset’s fight against myths and for research-based knowledge is important at a time when misinformation about health is widespread, it says.

The Fredrikke Prize is awarded every year and includes a statuette of Sanitetskvinnen’s founder Fredrikke Marie Qvam, a diploma and NOK 100,000 which is donated to a good cause of the winner’s choice. Senneset has chosen to give the prize money to Norwegian PEN – in line with her commitment to freedom of expression and an enlightened debate, both in the area of ​​health and in general.

– We live in a time where the public exchange of words is easily manipulated, and where undocumented and directly dangerous claims can be spread to a disturbing number of people in a short time. We then need brave and clear voices like yours, who fearlessly demand criticism of sources and scientific knowledge, said Bjørnstad.

The Fredrikke Prize is awarded to groups or individuals who in an outstanding way raise and highlight issues within the organisation’s purpose. Last year, football president Lise Klaveness received the award, while previous winners are Maren Lundby, Birgit Skarstein, Lene Marlin, Else Kåss Furuseth and Marie Simonsen.

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