IWTC Women's GlobalNet #278

Activities and Initiatives of Women Worldwide 

By Anne S. Walker

July 6, 2005


1,000 women from around the world have been collectively nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as part of a novel project meant to highlight the work of women worldwide in the pursuit of peace, equality and justice.

On Wednesday 29th June 2005, the 1000 names representing women from every world region were announced to the media. The announcements began first in the Pacific region and from there, as the world awoke, the peace women's identities spread across the expanse of Asia, through Africa and the Middle East, into Europe and over the Atlantic to the Americas.

The 1,000-women project was launched in 2003 in response to the fact that since the first peace prize was awarded in 1901, only 12 women have ever won. This compares to 80 men awardees and 12 organizations. (It is of interest to note however that women were awarded this prestigious award in the last two years…. Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi in 2003 and Kenyan environmentalist and political activist Wangari Maathai in 2004).

The Nobel Prize statute limits simultaneous awards to three individuals at the most, or to an organization, and in light of this, the Swiss-based project -- simply called 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 - will use three proxies to represent the one thousand nominees.

The project defines as its objective the nominating of 1000 women to represent collectively the women who are engaged daily in working for the better future of their communities, promoting reconciliation, demanding justice, and rebuilding what has been destroyed. They transform conflicts, fight against poverty and for human rights. They create alternative sources of income, they strive for access to land and clean water, involve themselves in education, healing and reintegrating HIV patients. They find solutions to a great many forms of violence and they condemn the genital mutilation of girls. The life stories, the visions, methods, strategies and networks of these 1000 women will be publicized worldwide.

The Nobel Peace Prize is an international award given yearly in memory of Alfred Nobel, Swedish inventor and philanthropist. The prize winners are announced in October every year and receive their award on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death.

The names of the 1000 women can be found at:


For the biographies of each of these women, please visit:


NOTE: The last issue of IWTC Women's GlobalNet was mistakenly numbered #276. Visitors to the IWTC website will have noted that there is already a #276 on the website. That issue, dated May 11, 2005 and entitled "Global Alliance for ICT Development: another opportunity for women to lobby for gender analysis and perspectives in the Information Society" was not sent to the full list due to a technical error. If you would like a copy of that issue, please email your request to: Anne S Walker at <annewalker@iwtc.org>

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