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Archive for Saturday, March 10, 2001

Millennium prizes awarded

March 10, 2001

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— A Kosovar who became a symbol of resistance to Yugoslav repression, two Pakistani defenders of women's rights and a Rwandan who helped rebuild after the 1994 genocide were among honorees given the first Millennium Peace Prize for Women.

Also honored with the prize on International Women's Day: a Papua New Guinea organization that worked to rebuilt trust between splintered communities, a Colombian group that stages massive women's peace demonstrations, and a worldwide network of women against war.

The prize is sponsored by the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the London-based human rights organization International Alert to recognize women's leadership in building peace, holding communities together during war, and bridging ethnic divides.

It was established because women and women's organizations have been awarded only 10 Nobel Peace Prizes since 1901.

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