Project to nominate women for Nobel Prize
One hundred women from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan will be nominated for next year's Nobel Peace Prize, in an effort to draw attention to the roles played by ordinary people.
The group organising the push also wants to make the institution less male-dominated.
The women's nomination is part of a movement that aims to remedy the fact that the daily work of millions of ordinary women is taken for granted.
The names of 1,000 women nominated around the world will be sent to Swisspeace, the Bern-based non-governmental organisation behind the campaign.
Three names will be picked from the 1,000, and nominations for the three will be given to the Nobel committee. 'Giving three names is to follow the rules of the committee. The three are representatives of the 1,000 peace women,' said Lau Kin-chi, the project's co-ordinator for Greater China and Mongolia.
The objective is 'to pay acknowledgement to these courageous efforts, and to show that the work of these women is valuable and exemplary', says the organisation's website for Hong Kong. The 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 group has decided that if their representatives win, the prize money will be used to set up a peace fund benefiting women at work.
Ms Lau, who is also an assistant professor at Lingnan University's cultural studies department, said the project is intended to make visible ordinary women's efforts to counter injustice, discrimination, oppression and violence.
'Peace is not just about the absence of violence,' she said. 'It shouldn't be monopolised by male political leaders and elites.'
Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and Mongolia will share a quota of 20 nominations. The mainland can submit 80 names to Swisspeace.
Nomination forms are available at Lingnan University and at www.1000peacewomen-hk.org.