05/10/2006

Patricia Pérez Nominated as Candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize

Nicaragua – La Estrella de Nicaragua – October 5th, 2006

Patricia Pérez from Argentina is HIV-positive and is currently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Pérez is one of the survivors from the group of thirty women who began to organize the fight against AIDS at the global level.

Patricia Pérez, leader at The International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW Global) is nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This is the first time in the award’s history that an HIV-positive woman is suggested. She was nominated for her constant struggle against AIDS since the late 1980s.

Pérez is one of the only five survivors of the original thirty women who began to organize ICW at the global level. She is part of the Executive Board, heading an organization that is based out of 57 countries, across 5 continents and is composed of more than 8,000 members.

Other main Latin American players that are involved in the fight against AIDS include Sandra Sciammarella from Argentina, Arely Cano from Nicaragua, Ruth Linares from Costa Rica, Bertha Chette from Guatemala, Rosa González from Honduras and Irene Romero from the technical team of ICW Latina. They all support Pérez’ nomination and will go on to confirm her candidacy to the selection committee.

Wangari Maatha was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for her environmental work in defence of woman’s human rights.

Patricia is currently part of the Regional Secretariat for Latin America and the Caribbean. In a public statement made by ICW, they stressed that “the nomination of an HIV-positive world leader is a definite possibility to improve the global response to the AIDS epidemic”.

The Argentine leader was one of the 15 personalities invited by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, for prior consultation before the UNGASS ceremony that took place in the United Nations in 2001. For ICW, this candidacy is “an outstanding opportunity to expand its global response to the most terrible disease mankind has ever faced”.