More than 100 women from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan were yesterday included in a list of 1,000 nominees being collectively put forward by an NGO for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. The association, 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005, aims to highlight the work of women to improve society around the world by compiling a list of outstanding candidates and choosing three women to accept the award on their behalf. The association points out that since the award began in 1901, all but 12 recipients have been men. Among the 108 China nominees are Aids activist Gao Yaojie , who first focused world attention on the Aids crisis caused by unsafe blood sales in Henan province in 1996. Dr Gao said she wished she could inspire people to be compassionate towards Aids sufferers. The association also chose Kao-Chin Su-mei, the Taiwanese legislator who fights for the indigenous people of Taiwan. She staged a protest earlier this month at the Yasukuni Shrine in Japan, to draw attention to the Taiwanese who gave their lives while fighting alongside the Japanese army during the second world war. However, controversial figures like Ding Zilin , of the Tiananmen Mothers which represents mothers of those killed in the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, are not on the list. This year's winners of the Nobel prizes will be announced in October.