A powerful acknowledgement of the women's movement in Iran

Narges in the exhibiton "hagen"
Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

We congratulate Narges Mohammadi on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2023. This is an important and timely award and a powerful acknowledgement of women activists fighting for freedom in Iran and elsewhere in the world, said Executive Director of the Nobel Peace Center, Kjersti Fløgstad.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2023 to the human rights defender Narges Mohammadi from Iran. She has received the prize for her fight against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all, the Norwegian Nobel Committee said.

Two hours after the announcement of the prize in Oslo today, the new laureate was displayed on a small screen in the Nobel Field exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center, together with all the previous recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize. A total of 141 individuals and organizations have been awarded the prize since 1901.

“This year's Peace Prize principally recognizes Narges Mohammadi's courageous fight for women's freedom in Iran. At the same time, it is an encouragement to all women fighting for their rights in oppressive regimes around the world,” says Nobel Peace Center Executive Director, Kjersti Fløgstad.

Photo: Johannes Granseth / Nobel Peace Center

At twelve o'clock midday, a white “peace dove” was released from a window at the Nobel Peace Center, to spread the news of the new Nobel Peace Prize laureate. Martine Straume Grebstad from Save the Children’s Peace Prize Party Committee took part in sending the peace dove on its journey and said, “I think it is super good that she got the prize, because I am also a girl and I think what she is doing for women in her country is so important.”

At the Nobel Peace Center, work is now starting on the Nobel Peace Prize exhibition 2023, which will open on 11 December, the day after the award ceremony in Oslo City Hall.

“At the Nobel Peace Center, we look forward to working together with Narges Mohammadi and her movement to help put the spotlight on their important fight for freedom, equality and democracy,” says Fløgstad.

The center has been closed since January 2023 for essential renovation work and will reopen on 1 December. So, when the prize is awarded in December, the Peace Prize exhibition will be opened in a newly refurbished, modern Nobel Peace Center.

“We hope that Narges Mohammadi will be released from prison and can come to Oslo in December,” Fløgstad says.

The celebration of the new Peace Prize laureate starts tomorrow. Because the Nobel Peace Center is closed, the event takes place at the University of Oslo’s Domus Bibliotheca building. At 12.00, this year's Nobel Peace Prize diploma will be unveiled and shortly afterwards there will be a lecture by the Norwegian Nobel Committee's chairman, Berit Reiss-Andersen, followed by an expert panel discussion on this year's award. The event is open to the public, with registration via the Nobel Peace Center's website.

The Nobel Peace Center's educators are also working on a teaching program about this year's Peace Prize laureate for school pupils from 5th grade and above. It will be ready for use when the pupils arrive at school next Monday morning. The digital program, available in both Norwegian and English, is being created in collaboration with the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation’s NRK Skole and NRK Super.