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PeaceWomen

The initiative: 1000 PeaceWomen

In 2005, the initiative "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize" nominated women working for peace at the local, national or international level collectively for the Nobel Prize. The women's profiles show that they are active in an extremely wide range of fields: they campaign for political rights, the promotion of peace, health, education, the environment, children's rights and non-violence, and they fight against organized crime and human trafficking.

Biographies 

The search function allows you to find out more about the PeaceWomen's backgrounds and fields of activity. The biographies represent a snapshot from 2005.

The book 1000 PeaceWomen Across the Globe, which describes the origin of the initiative and contains profiles of the PeaceWomen, was published at the time of the nomination.

"Justice can only be achieved through solidarity between as many women as possible"

Bosnian peace activist Nusreta Sivac was one of the 1000 PeaceWomen nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. On 7 November 2021, she received the prize from the Stiftung Freiheit und Menschenrechte, the Swiss Foundation for Freedom and Human Rights. On this occasion, we interviewed her about "struggle for truth and justice", in particular for women who have experienced violence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as worldwide. 

“We symbolise the millions of women who show up every day for peace”

On the 15th anniversary, we asked seven of the 1000 PeaceWomen nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 what the nomination meant for their work and activism, what challenges they are facing today and what their hopes are for the next 15 years.

Video and interview

Ruth Weiss, one of the 1000 women nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005, has dedicated her life to peace and tolerance – whether as a journalist and activist in apartheid South Africa or as a speaker and author fighting anti-Semitism «or any anti-any-religion sentiment». We interviewed her on the occasion of her 95th birthday in 2019. Read her biography from the book "1000 faces of peace" here

“Feminism empowered me at the peace negotiation table”

PeaceWoman Luz Mendez was the only woman at the negotiation table during the peace negotiations in her native Guatemala. In an interview in 2014 she spoke about her personal highlights during the negotiation process and how women were able to influence the negotiations.

Read the interview here. (Available in English only.)