Iranian activist journalist Nargis Mohammadi has been awarded this year’s 2023 Nobel Peace Prize, as announced by the Swedish Royal Academy.

Mohammadi is awarded the highest honor for her struggle against the oppression of women in Iran and promoting human rights and freedom for all”

“Her struggle has a huge personal cost. The Iranian regime has arrested her 13 times, convicted her five times and sentenced her to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes. Mohammadi is still in prison” says the announcement of the Academy.

Saluting Mohammadi as “freedom fighter”the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee began her speech with the words “woman, life, freedom” in Farsi – one of the slogans of the peaceful protests against the Iranian government that began with the death of the young Iranian woman Mahsa Amini , who was killed under moral police surveillance on September 16, 2022, after being arrested for allegedly not wearing her headscarf properly

Mohammadi is currently serving prison terms in Tehran’s Evin Prisons, which total 12 years, according to the organization Front Line Defenders.

The charges against her include the spreading propaganda against the state.

She is deputy head of the Center for Human Rights Defendersan NGO founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.

Mohammadi is the 19th woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and the first since Filipina Maria Ressa, who in 2021 won the prize together with Russian Dmitry Muratov.

The Nobel Peace Prize, which comes with a cash prize of 11 million Swedish kroner (about $1 million), will be awarded in Oslo on December 10the anniversary of the death of the Swedish businessman Alfred Nobel, with whose will in 1895 the prizes were established.