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92 Indian women among Nobel nominees

Saturday 18 June 2005

NEW DELHI: Ninety-two Indian women, who work at the grassroots level for justice, rights and good governance, are among a group of 1,000 women from around the world nominated for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

The Indian nominees include those who have been fighting for justice for the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy and a young woman from the North-East who has been on hunger strike for several years to protest draconian laws.

There are 16 women from neighbouring Bangladesh, 9 from Nepal, 12 from Sri Lanka and 29 from Pakistan, according to Kamla Bhasin of the South Asian Network of Gender Activists and Trainers.

``We officially submitted names of 1,000 selected women from across the world to the Nobel Committee in Oslo in February 25 to be given the Nobel Peace Prize collectively, because women’s peace work has not been recognised, valued and celebrated,’’ said Ms. Bhasin, coordinator of the association in South Asia. - UNI

See online : The Hindu

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