1000 women from 153 countries have been jointly nominated for this year’s Nobel Prize in peace through the efforts of 1000 Women for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize, an organization determined to gain recognition for the millions of women engaged in efforts to promote peace around the world.
The nominees come from all walks of life: they are teachers, attorneys, farmers, nurses, politicians, and activists. They conduct their work at many different levels—locally, nationally, and across borders. Many of them do their work at the risk of their own personal safety or even their lives (in fact, for that reason, the 10 women from Uzbekistan who were nominated could not be identified by name).
Since the Nobel Peace Prize was first awarded in 1901, only 12 women have been its recipients. The goal of 1000 Women is to ensure that the work of women throughout the world, much of which has largely gone unnoticed and unacknowledged, will receive at last the recognition it deserves. In fact, in identifying nominees, 1000 Women sought
especially unknown grassroots women who do not exercise any coordination function, but do direct and active peace work within their own immediate regions. This did not exclude women known nationally and internationally. However, we want to particularly honor women who perform largely unnoticed background work and who therefore receive little recognition.
999 women were nominated; the 1000th nomination is symbolic, intended to represent all women engaged in peace work and conflict resolution. The names of the women nominated for this honor can be found here in PDF format.
You can also search the 1000 nominees by country and/or by keyword. (ADR practitioners, please note that one of the keywords is “Mediation”–try choosing that keyword without selecting a country for a global list of women engaged in mediation and conflict resolution.)