COPENHAGEN – Iraqi activist Yanar Mohammed was honored on Thursday in Norway with the Rafto human rights prize for her work with women and minorities in her country.
The Rafto Foundation said that the work of Mohammed and her Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq is divided into three levels, local, national and international.
“She works with local organisations throughout Iraq to teach classes on human rights, and as a journalist she spreads the word about rights and democracy. She lobbies for human rights in Iraq and internationally, building networks and alliances in the struggle against violence, human trafficking and sex slavery,” the jury said.
Mohammed, 55, succeeds Honduran priest, Padre Melo, winner of last year’s award for his defense of freedom of expression “in one of the most violent countries in the world.”
This year the award will be presented on Nov. 20 at a ceremony in Bergen in western Norway.