Iranian Human Right Activist, Narges Mohammadi Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2023

Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2023. Mohammadi is a scientist, journalist, and human rights activist who has campaigned against the increasingly repressive regime in Iran.

She has been imprisoned for her activism and is currently serving multiple sentences in Tehran’s Evin Prison amounting to about 12 years imprisonment.

The Nobel Committee recognized her principled and persistent campaign against the Iranian regime and her fight against the oppression of women in Iran. The award also acknowledged the broader Iranian women’s movement, which last year spearheaded the first counterrevolution in history triggered, led and sustained by females, many in their teens.

The selection of Mohammadi reflects the Nobel Committee’s growing recognition of women who lead political and social opposition movements worldwide. Only three women won the Nobel Peace Prize during its first 75 years. Overall, the Nobel Committee has only awarded 19 of the 111 peace prizes to women since 1901, while 92 went to men. With Mohammadi, women have now won or shared nine of the Nobel Peace Prizes awarded since 2000.

Mohammadi is a scientist, journalist, and human rights campaigner. She studied applied physics at the University of Qazvin, then worked as an engineer even as she wrote and campaigned on human rights issues. She was prolific in reformist publications, some of which were subsequently banned by the government.

The Nobel Peace Prize, worth 11 million Swedish crowns, or around $1 million, will be presented in Oslo on December 10, 2023.

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