Rigoberta Menchu Túm

Nobel Peace Laureate 1992

Country of focus: Guatemala

Rigoberta (@RigobertMenchu) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 in recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation work based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples in her native Guatemala. She is the first indigenous person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. After receiving the Nobel Prize, Rigoberta established the Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation, which promotes the rights of indigenous people from around the world. From 1994 to 2003, she served as the official spokesperson for the United Nations International Decade of Indigenous Peoples.

In 2007, Rigoberta ran for Presidency of Guatemala with Encuentro por Guatemala in 2007. Subsequently, Rigoberta made important contributions in spearheading the first indigenous party in Guatemala, and garnering enough votes to make her WINAQ party official, and ran for president with this party in 2011. Despite the fact that she was not elected, she remains a steadfast presence in Guatemalan politics and the struggle to end impunity.