In an initiative aimed at recognizing the efforts of women from around the world, 1,000 women have been jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, founder and President of the organization that made possible the joint nomination—1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005—said in an editorial that “Everywhere I meet women who perform reconstruction and peace work in extremely dangerous surroundings….Courageous and resolute, and without regard for personal safety, they demand peace.” Of the need for a joint prize, she said, “There are millions of peacewomen! It is in their name that 1,000 women shall receive this prestigious political prize.” Historically, only 12 of the 92 individual recipients of the Nobel Prize have been women, according to 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.
Of the 1,000 nominations, 999 individual women from over 150 countries were named with the 1,000th nomination unnamed as a “symbolic gesture” to recognize the accomplishments of women peace workers worldwide. The joint nomination includes 40 women from the United States. If awarded, project organizers say that the prize money will be used to support the winners’ peace projects. The winner of the Nobel Peace Prize is scheduled to be announced October 14, 2005.