Narges Mohammadi, an Iranian advocate for women’s rights, was awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize for her work in promoting democracy, freedom, and equality in Iran.
Narges vowed to never stop his fight for democracy despite being in prison and acknowledge the Nobel Peace Price has only made her more resilience.
Mohammadi is still serving a 12 year imprisonment on multiple charges at the Tehran’s Evin Prison in Iran. She was charged with spreading propaganda against the state among many other charges.
Despite being imprisoned, Narges swore to never give up the battle for democracy and acknowledged that receiving the Nobel Peace Prize had only strengthened her fortitude.
“I will never stop striving for the realization of democracy, freedom and equality,” she said. “Surely, the Nobel peace prize will make me more resilient, determined, hopeful and enthusiastic on this path, and it will accelerate my pace.”
“The Norwegian Nobel committee has decided to award the 2023 Nobel peace prize to Narges Mohammadi for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all,” the committee said in its citation.
“Her 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,” Berit Reiss-Andersen, head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, said in Oslo during the announcement.
Nagres told The New York Times that she would never stop striving for democracy and equality.
“I will continue to fight against the relentless discrimination, tyranny and gender-based oppression by the oppressive religious government until the liberation of women,” the newspaper quoted her as saying in a statement.
One of Iran’s most prominent human rights advocates, the 51-year-old has fought for women’s rights, better jail conditions, and an end to the death sentence in the country.
She also serves as the deputy director of the Defenders of Human Rights Center, a non-governmental organization run by Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner.