Vision, Mission, Values

Founded in 2006, Nobel Women’s Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and five courageous women peace laureates—Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, and Leymah Gbowee—to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice and equality. The five women bring together their extraordinary experiences and work to spotlight, amplify and promote the work of grassroots women’s organizations and movements around the world.

Our vision

A world transformed through a rejection of war, and militarism, violence and discrimination, where global security is built around human rights, justice and equality for people and communities—human security—rather than the security of the nation state. It is a world where sustainable peace and protection of the environment on which all life depends is our collective priority.

Our mission

To work together to use the visibility and prestige of the Nobel prize to spotlight, amplify and promote the work of grassroots women’s organizations and movements around the world. We work to strengthen and expand feminist efforts to promote nonviolent solutions to war, violence and militarism.

Principles to guide decision-making and actions to achieve our mission


We are committed to sharing power, to transparent and responsible use of power, to using own power to amplify the voices of those who are marginalized and to model alternatives to tyranny and patriarchy.


We are committed to honesty and communicating with clarity with each other and the vast communities we engage with.

Mutual accountability

We are committed to self-awareness, taking responsibility and mutual accountability through ensuring regular cycles of feedback and support for improving practice.

Radical love

We are committed to sustaining people, movements and ourselves, practicing care and solidarity in all aspects of NWI's work internally and in our multiple communities.

Affirmation of human rights

We reject all forms of oppression and discrimination. We reject racism, sexism and ableism. We affirm human rights and commit to build our capacity to centre diversity, inclusion, compassion and trauma-informed practice in all we do.


We affirm the knowledge, abilities and relationships that we each bring to the work and seek out the unique insights and perspectives of one another and NWI's partners.


We seek out opportunities to articulate and progress our common agenda. We should up for one another and our various communities.