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The Wilson Center Congratulates 2023 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nargess Mohammadi, Applauds Her Fight for Freedom

WASHINGTON, DC – The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars extends its heartfelt congratulations to Ms. Nargess Mohammadi on being awarded the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize. Mohammadi's tireless commitment to human rights and peaceful advocacy has been a beacon of hope and a source of inspiration for many as she serves a ten year sentence in Iran’s Evin prison. The Wilson Center recognizes and supports the importance of her work and her inspiring calls for championing the rights and freedoms of individuals in Iran.

We also recognize the vital work done by Nayereh Tohidi a former fellow with the Center’s Middle East Program, in bringing Ms. Mohammadi’s story to the attention of the global community. The Wilson Center’s Middle East Women’s Initiative (MEWI) builds on the work of the Middle East Program and the Haleh Esfandiari Forum in promoting women’s empowerment in the region. Through research and an open and inclusive dialogue with women leaders from the Middle East, MEWI aims to deepen understanding of both the challenges and opportunities in gender development, and prescribe policy recommendations for governments, civil society, and the private sector to achieve gender parity across the region.

The Wilson Center remains committed to fostering dialogue, understanding, and collaboration on global issues. We recognize Ms. Mohammadi’s achievement and the ideals and values for which she stands. 

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