[Brussels, 10 October 2023] This year, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Norwegian Nobel Committee took a strong stance in recognising women’s vital contributions to society. The European Women’s Lobby congratulates the 2023 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Narges Mohammadi and the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel laureate Claudia Goldin on their remarkable achievements.
Narges Mohammadi is an Iranian activist and freedom fighter. She is awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her incredible stance against the oppression of women in Iran and her fight to promote human rights and freedom for all. Her brave struggle has come with tremendous personal costs. Altogether, the regime has arrested her 13 times, convicted her five times, and sentenced her to a total of 31 years in prison and 154 lashes. The European Women’s Lobby calls for Ms Mohammadi’s immediate release from prison. We also urge the international community to go beyond words and step up in our support of the courageous women in Iran.
Claudia Goldin is an American economic historian and labour economist. Ms Goldin provided the first comprehensive account of women’s earnings and labour market participation through the centuries. Her research reveals that the bulk of the earnings difference is now between men and women in the same occupation, and that it largely arises with the birth of the first child, and not because of the differences in education and occupational choices. The European Women’s Lobby welcomes the valuable recognition of Ms Goldin’s exceptional work and calls for a feminist economic model of which the Economy of Care is at the heart of this model, where both women’s and men’s contributions to the society will be properly valued and compensated.
Lastly, the European Women’s Lobby congratulates the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Norwegian Nobel Committee for bringing attention to the work of these two extraordinary women. As we continue fighting for a more equal and fairer society for all, it is crucial to recognise and celebrate the milestones along the way. We hope the work of Narges Mohammadi and Claudia Goldin inspires leaders and decision makers across the globe to bring about positive change and create a feminist future for all.