Nobel Women’s Initiative (NWI) is proud to announce that 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi from Iran has joined NWI. She joins Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Jody Williams (USA), Tawakkol Karman (Yemen), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Maria Ressa (Phillipines) and Rigoberta Menchu Tum (Guatemala). At NWI the laureates work together to elevate the voices and support the work of women peace activists around the globe.
Narges Mohammadi is an Iranian women’s and human rights activist. She was named the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate “for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all”. She will not receive the prize in person, as she is serving a lengthy politically motivated prison sentence in Iran for challenging the regime.
Narges Mohammadi will be the fifth person to be awarded the prize while imprisoned, and only the 19th woman Nobel Peace Prize laureate, compared to over 90 men. This is sadly reflective of the invisibility of women in fighting for peace, justice and equality, and the dangers women activists face in doing such work.
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and co-founder of NWI, comments:
“Violence and war continue to paralyze multilateral efforts to deal with our common threats. Despite that, brave women who suffer disproportionately in such circumstances will not be silenced no matter the cost. Iranian activist and journalist, Narges Mohammadi, recipient of the Nobel Peace for 2023 is one such woman and the Nobel Women’s Initiative is proud to announce that she has joined the Initiative. We are strengthened by Narges‘s joining us and by the understanding by the Norwegian Nobel Committee of the profound importance of recognizing what women bring to all efforts to build peace with justice and equality. Welcome, Narges.”
Tania Principe, Acting Executive Director of NWI, comments:
“For decades, Narges has fought violence, hate, and gender apartheid in Iran. For this, the regime has targeted and imprisoned her. We are honoured to welcome Narges into the NWI sisterhood. Together, we stand with Narges in her courageous struggle for gender justice in Iran.”
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