On 8 March 2001, International Women's Day, The United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and International
Alert will award the Millennium Peace Prize for Women.
The Peace Prize is a part of the Women building Peace Campaign, organized by International-Alert, a global effort to raise global awareness of women's experiences and perspectives of peace and conflicts and support the active participation of women in all levels of peace building.
Six prizes are awarded to individuals and organizations:
Dr Flora Brovina, the Kosovar Albanian humanitarian, peace and human rights campaigner imprisoned in 1999 by Serbian authorities;
Veneranda Nzambazamariya, posthumously awarded for her role in promoting peace and reconciliation and helping women rebuild their lives in Rwanda after the 1994 genocide;
The human rights activists and lawyers Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani, who have risked their lives in defence of women and minorities in Pakistan;
Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency for its cross community work for peace during and after the nine year war between Bougainville rebels and the Papua New Guinea military;
Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres, a nationwide coalition that campaigns for peace in Colombia and helps to create alternative peace proposals at a community level;
Women in Black, a worldwide network of women against war, violence andmilitarism that you know well. When informed of the Prize, Women in Black in Belgrade stated that they accept the prize on behalf of the worldwide movement.
You can obtain more information on: http://www.undp.org/unifem/mpprize/index.html
and on Women in Black´s new Web Site http://wib.matriz.net
You can also sign the petition from Alert International (before 8th March): http://www.international-alert/org/women