Palme Prize to Iranian Women’s Activist

This year’s Olof Palme Prize has been awarded to Iranian women’s rights campaigner Parvin Ardalan.

The Olof Palme Memorial Fund says she has been honored for “making the demand for equal rights for men and women a central part of the struggle for democracy in Iran”.

In the 1990’s Ardalan founded a women’s cultural center, which published Iran’s first online newsletter about women’s rights. She was sentenced to three years in prison last April, after her campaigning was declared a threat to national security, but is still free pending an appeal.

The Olof Palme Prize is awarded for outstanding achievement to promote peace and disarmament, and to combat racism and xenophobia. It’s named after Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, who was gunned down on a Stockholm street in February 1986.