Iranian journalist and activist Masih Alinejad has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for her advocacy for women's rights in Iran. Alinejad was nominated by Erlend Wiborg, a Progress Party member of the Norwegian parliament.
Wiborg described Alinejad’s nominationin line with Alfred Nobel's will, noting that a very basic factor for peace is respect for people and their freedom. “Respect for people and their freedom of choice will contribute to more peace in the world”, he said. He highlighted Alinejad’s “fearless way of fight”, which has made her live in exile, and her “activism” that made her a target for a kidnapping plot by Iran’s intelligence agents. In a tweet announcing her nomination, the New York-based activist said, “It’s important that the fight of Iranian women against gender apartheid is recognized”, adding that “For a peaceful world, it is vital that our struggles with terrorist states is strengthened globally.”
Iran's Intelligence Ministry's plot to abduct the Iranian American journalist drew global outrage from international journalists’ unions and writers associations when it was revealed by US authorities in July 2021.
Among other things, Alinejad has started several online movements against Iran’s compulsory hijab, the latest of which was the trending hashtag #LetUsTalkthat garnered support from hundreds of Iranian social media users.
Russia’s St Petersburg University students cheer for professor who was jailed for anti-war protests
With the Russian invasion of Ukraine crossing eight months, lives in the war-torn country have been shattered. While leaders from different parts of the world are constantly urging Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the war, heart-rending comments made by a Russian TV presenter to drown Ukrainian children have been widely condemned.
Meanwhile, turning away from war-mongering, Denis Skopin, an Associate Professor at Russia’s oldest university in St Petersburg, took part in anti-war protests. The professor who was fired by the University, received a round of applause from his students as he bid adieu on his last day at the university.
Wangari Muta Maathai, the so-called woman of trees, was the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004.
Ms. Maathai frequently expressed concern about poverty in Africa. In an exclusive interview with Africa Renewal shortly after winning the Nobel Prize, she maintained that Africans “cannot afford to have a region where a few people are filthy rich and a huge number of people are in dehumanizing poverty.” She was the first African female to win a Nobel Peace Prize and the first woman in East Africa to earn a doctorate in veterinary anatomy, which she obtained from the University of Nairobi. She studied in Kenya, the US and Germany.
Ms. Maathai founded the Green Belt Movement in 1977 to plant trees across Kenya, alleviate poverty and end conflict. She was driven by a perceived connection between environmental degradation and poverty and conflict. “Poor people will cut the last tree to cook the last meal,” she once said. “The more you degrade the environment, the more you dig deeper into poverty.”
She died at the age of 71 in 2011, of ovarian cancer.
Rosika Schwimmer was a Hungarian peace activist, suffragist, and feminist. When she applied for United States citizenship, officials rejected her petition. The application asked if new citizens would be willing to take up arms to defend the country. Due to her pacifist beliefs, Schwimmer refused. Officials viewed her refusal as a sign of disloyalty and lack of commitment to the Constitution. In 1929, Schwimmer’s challenge to their decision went to the Supreme Court.
Leonardo di Caprio
Leonardo DiCaprio, has been an outspoken advocate for environmental issues throughout much of his career. In 1998, at the age of 24, he established his foundation with the mission of protecting the Earth’s last wild places and implementing solutions to build a more harmonious relationship between humanity and the natural world. Through grantmaking, public campaigns, and media projects, Mr. DiCaprio has worked to bring attention and funding to the protection of biodiversity, ocean and forest conservation, and climate change.
The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation supports over 35 innovative conservation projects around the world that protect fragile ecosystems and key species.
The UN Secretary-General designated Mr. DiCaprio as a Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change ahead of the 2014 Climate Summit, aimed at catalyzing and galvanizing climate action towards a global climate agreement in 2015.
José Mujica – also called Pepe - describes himself as a humble peasant, but most of the international press has described him as one of the most interesting politicians of the last and current century: some even suggested his name for the following Nobel Peace Prize. In reality, he is a Uruguayan politician who devoted his live to freedom and democracy. He spent 13 years in prison during the military dictatorship (1973-85), once freed he pursued his aim of building a new democratic regime in his country.
He was nominated as a president in his country from 2010 to 2015, but he is known for leaving 90% of his Presidential income to low-income housing organisations.
Nowadays, he is retired and keeps on being interested in politics, by inspiring his political view on ancient philosophers such as Plato and Seneca, but many Uruguayans do not forget his deeds and his honesty.
Payal has escaped from a life of child slavery in Rajasthan (India), by refusing to become a child bride and convincing her parents that her and her older sister would have gained a better life by following a proper education. She led in 2014 a fight against child marriage, when she was 11, then at just age 14 Payal became an advocate for girl’s education.
Her efforts are also contributing to the decline of child marriages in India in the last years.
Earlier this year, her work was recognised at the Goalkeepers Global Awards, an annual event to celebrate work that supports the UN’s 17 Global Goals.
Nika was just 17 years old when she was killed for joining a protest against the murder of Mahsa Amini, burning her hijab. She disappeared on September the 20th, after 10 long days her corp was found.
She was massacred by the police and buried 40 km away from her home, against her parent's will.
Peace Hero Museums support the protests in Iran and strongly condemn the repression and the perpetuated violence against women and the protesters.
21 years old, Florida
After the Parkland shooting in 2018, the then-17 year old David co-founded March for Our Lives with Emma and his classmates. David has relentlessly spoken out about gun control and as a result has received multiple death threats, but this doesn’t stop him. He even published a book with his sister which is part manifesto and part memoir, which details how gun ownership can coexist with human safety. It is an essential read, especially for Americans who can easily access firearms.
Holly Gillibrand, Scotland
"When there's about 200 species going extinct every day, it's quite scary. So you have to do everything you can."
From her small town in the remote, mountainous Scottish Highlands, this 13 years old is helping to build a UK movement of children demanding more action on climate change. Holly Gillibrand is a young ambassador for Scotland: the Big Picture and a campaigner for animal welfare charity OneKind.
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