Women Nobel Peace Prize Winners
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Rigoberta Menchú (1992)
Rigoberta Menchú is a Guatemalan social reformer. Of Mayan descent, she and her family were caught in Guatemala's bloody civil war. Protesters against human-rights abuses, her father, mother, and younger brother were killed by Guatamalan soldiers, and in 1981 Menchú fled the country and settled in Mexico. At home and abroad, she has worked to secure and protect the rights of indigenous peoples in her country and to promote intercultural peace. For her efforts, Menchú was awarded the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize.
Fun Fact: Menchú became a candidate for the Guatemalan presidency early in 2007.
From the Columbia Encyclopedia. Photo: Freddyballo.