Wednesday, June 29, 2005
City-based rights activist in race for Nobel Peace Prize
Physically challenged woman from Mahabubnagar figures in list
List includes women working in various fields Comprises of grassroot workers and experts from across the world A total of 91 women from India figure in list Switzerland-based organisation made the nominations
HYDERABAD: Vasanth Kannabiran, city-based human rights activist, Mogulamma, a physically challenged woman working for the welfare of the disabled in Kosigi mandal of Mahbubnagar district, and Murari Pramila, a nurse and health worker of Guntur, are among 1,000 women, whose names have been submitted to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee - 2005.
A Switzerland-based organisation, 1,000 women for Nobel Peace Prize - 2005, made the nominations to the Nobel Peace Prize Committee in January this year drawing women working in various fields and comprising common grass root workers to experts from across the world. Of this, 91 were from India. The list is for consideration for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize for the year 2005.
Releasing the names of women belonging to the State here on Tuesday, Asmita president, Kalpana Kannabiran, and secretary, Volga, said the list was the culmination of a two-year effort by the international organisation with the objective of giving greater recognition to the peace efforts of women. Though the role of women in establishing peace at the local, State, national and the international levels had been immense, their contributions went unnoticed.
"Peace is not the creation of individual leaders alone. It is the collective effort of millions of women who have been opposing injustice, violence and war in their own way. Their efforts have been seldom recognised or documented. This nomination makes the work of women all over the world visible and valued," they affirmed.
While Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded 83 times to 90 individuals and 20 organisations so far, only 10 women received it.
Speaking to The Hindu Vasanth Kannabiran says she was touched and honoured by the nomination and the recognition given to the contribution of women representing millions. "While it is for the committee to take a final decision, the effort to acknowledge the contribution of women to peace process and women's movement is more important." She was also nominated from South Asia and South Pacific Asian regions.
Asmita, Resource Centre for Women, is justifiably elated with the inclusion of the Centre founder, Vasanth Kannabiran, in the list. "It comes as source of pride and inspiration," says Asmita president, Kalpana Kannabiran.
"More importantly, it has shifted the parameters of nomination for peace prize from individualistic mode to collective mode. Even more significant is the cross diversity of the list with women from different fields such as science, law, Dalit activists, writers, to the grass root workers included. Diversity is necessary for peace as it gives representation to the vast range in the society," she said.
The other prominent persons in the list from India are -- Neera Desai, Mahaswetha Devi, Ruth Manorama, Davaki Jain, Urvasi Bhutalia, Nandita Halkar and Indira Jayasingh.