« Narges Mohammadi, a women’s rights activist in Iran, was awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo on Friday, which the committee said was ‘for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all.’
“Narges Mohammadi’s brave struggle has come with tremendous personal costs. Altogether, the regime has arrested her 13 times, convicted her five times, and sentenced her to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes. Ms Mohammadi is still in prison as I speak,” said Berit Reiss-Andersen, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in Oslo.
Reiss-Andersen emphasised that Mohammadi’s advocacy went beyond gender.
« The motto adopted by the demonstrators – ‘Woman – Life – Freedom’ – suitably expresses the dedication and work of Narges Mohammadi, » she said,
« Woman. She fights for women against systematic discrimination and oppression. Life. She supports women’s struggle for the right to live full and dignified lives. This struggle across Iran has been met with persecution, imprisonment, torture, and even death. Freedom. She fights for freedom of expression and the right of independence, and against rules requiring women to remain out of sight and to cover their bodies. The freedom demands expressed by demonstrators apply not only to women, but to the entire population,” she added.
Narges Safie Mohammadi, born on April 21, 1972, is an Iranian human rights activist, scientist, and the vice president of the Defenders of Human Rights Center (DHRC), an organisation led by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.
The Iranian government has not commented on the decision or the comments of the committee at time of publication.