What does winning the Nobel Peace Prize mean? Throughout history, the prize has been awarded to luminaries such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, and Malala Yousafzai. More than their resilience and tireless fight for freedom and justice, each recipient embodies benevolence, each serving as a pivotal piece in the puzzle of world peace.
Narges Mohammadi is the second Iranian laureate, following Shirin Ebadi. The last two decades of her life have passed in and out of prison. She hasn’t seen her children in 8 years and hasn’t heard their voices in 2 years. These are some of the sacrifices she continues to make for the freedom of Iran: womanhood, life, liberty.
This week’s cartoons reflect on the significance of the prize for Narges Mohammadi and the women of Iran. Paresh Nath’s cartoon, “Nobel Peace Prize 2023,” depicts Narges as a champion, representing those shadowed and silenced by Iran’s oppressive laws against women. Her unveiled hair stands as both a symbol and declaration for every woman forced into concealment. Truant’s cartoon, “Nobel for lunch,” portrays the stark reality of Narges, a recipient of the global accolade from her bleak prison cell in Evin. What hunger will the Nobel kindle?