Thursday, February 14, 2008
2007 Olof Palme Prize Awarded to Parvin ArdalanWednesday 13 February 2008
Parvin Ardalan, one of the founding members of the One Million Signatures Campaign, and a longtime women's rights activist has been awarded, the Olof Palme Prize for 2007, in honor of her achievements and activism designed to achieve equal rights for women. Campaign members congratulate Parvin Ardalan, on this well-deserved recognition and her great achievement. The 2006 Olof Palme Prize went to Kofi Annan and Mossad Mohammad Ali, Sudanese lawyer and human rights defender.
The English statement issued by the Olof Palme Foundation on the award of their 2007 prize to Parvin Ardalan appears below.
"The Olof Palme Prize for 2007 goes to Parvin Ardalan, who has succeeded in making the demand for equal rights for men and women a central part of the struggle for democracy in Iran. As a result, the women's movement for civil rights and liberties has, to a great extent, spread geographically as well as socially. Despite persecution, threats and harassment, Parvin Ardaln has been persistent in her struggle and never compromised her ideals. Through constantly more ingenious methods, she and her fellow sisters have managed to increase the support for equal rights. The ongoing campaign for a million signatures against discrimination is an excellent example. Their intensive work deserves international recognition as a path to democracy and peace in this region of turbulence and conflict.