Oakland, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2005
Who are the 1000 peace women? The nominated women commit themselves daily to the cause of peace and justice, often under the most difficult circumstances. They call for reconciliation and organize peace negotiations, they rebuild what has been destroyed in villages and cities, they fight against poverty and create new sources of income. They struggle for access to clean water, land and other resources. They care for those infected with HIV and give war orphans a home. They denounce violations of human rights and publicly condemn torture. They silently protest in public places and seek solutions to all forms of aggression.
They work in their own villages and regions, in organizations and universities. They are members of their governments or are active on the international scene. To be nominated they had to fulfil stringent criteria, such as: sustainability of their work, integrity, the inclusion of all parties to a conflict, or being part of a wide network.
The 1000 women are leaders, they are beacons of hope for their people, they are demanding and do not give up. Their short biographies can be read at http://www.1000peacewomen.org.
Who are the Canadian nominees?
Louise Arbour, Maude Barlow, Akua Benjamin, Muriel Helena Duckworth, Marjorie Phyllis Hodgson, Julia Morton- Marr, Landon Pearson, Doreen Spence and Kama Steliga.
A challenging idea becomes reality
The project began in 2003 as a Swiss initiative. Convinced that the commitment of women working for peace should be acknowledged and publicly acknowledged worldwide the idea soon became a project. Organized as an Association 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize the project has been supported globally by the untiring work of coordinators and many volunteers in 20 different regions of the world. They were responsible for the identification and documentation of the women nominated in their regions. In January of this year the collective nomination of 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 was sent to the Peace Prize Committee in recognition of the women's daily commitment to improving the lives of present and future generations. And today their names are made public.
The project has the support of the Swiss Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheline Calmy Rey, the support of UNIFEM and UNDP, and is under the patronage of UNESCO Switzerland. Several donor organizations have assisted the Association.
Profiling the 1000 women
The 1000 inspiring biographies will also be published as a book at the end of this year. Hundreds of journalists all over the world documented the women's work, their visions and their life stories. The book will serve as a resource for NGOs, governments, relief organizations, peace networks, womenÂs networks and agencies.
A travelling exhibit is planned as well. Texts and pictures documenting the 1000 women are assembled in a manner to make the exhibit easily accessible anywhere in the world.
An interactive online platform will enable the women to network and make their biographies readily available.
Academics have initiated research about the specific approaches of women who made peace work their life's work. The results of this research will provide valuable information to civil societies, international organizations, and governments.
The Nobel Peace Prize Committee
The Norwegian Nobel Committee will probably announce on October 14, 2005 who will receive this yearÂs Nobel Peace Prize. TodayÂs publication of the 1000 womenÂs names by the Association 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 is to serve the long-term public awareness of these womenÂs work and is not intended to influence in any way the decision of the Nobel Committee.
Press conferences worldwide
Press conferences to publicize the names of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 are taking place from Fiji to California, from Germany to Brazil.
The Project Â in short
This year 1000 women from more than 150 countries are jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The Association 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 wants to publicize the wealth of strategies, procedures for conflict resolution and methods of negotiation that women all over the world develop in order to deal with the various socio-political issues and problems in their respective regions. In order to make 1000 inspiring biographies known to the public, a book about the 1000 women will be published and a traveling exhibit will be ready by the end of this year. An interactive online platform will enable the womenÂs networking and make their biographies readily available. The project needs financial support. Further information can be found at http://www.1000peacewomen.org.
Contact: Dr. Margo Okazawa-Rey, Director, WomenÂs Leadership Institute; Visiting Professor, WomenÂs Studies, Mills College, Oakland, CA 94613, Cell phone: +1 415 637 4263, E-Mail: email@example.com. Further information and media documentation at http://www.1000peacewomen.org.
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