Berit Reiss-Andersen, the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo, has announced that Narges Mohammadi is the recipient of the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize. She was recognized for her unwavering dedication to fighting against the oppression of women in Iran and her tireless efforts to advance human rights and freedom for all. This award is a significant milestone in the decades-long struggle for women’s rights, echoing the “women, life, freedom” protests that captured global attention last year.
Narges Mohammadi has been a prominent human rights activist in Iran for many years and has paid a high personal price for her unyielding advocacy against the regime of the Islamic Republic.
She has endured 13 arrests, and five convictions, and has been sentenced to a total of 31 years in prison. She is presently held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison, where human rights abuses and the mistreatment of political prisoners are sadly commonplace.
The Nobel Committee’s decision also acknowledges the countless Iranians who have taken to the streets to protest the discriminatory and oppressive policies targeting women that have been imposed by Iran’s theocratic regime.