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"The award symbolizes the heroic and often untold stories of women who are leading the ways to peace in countries affected by war and age-old conflict."    - UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

Peace Prize Sculptures:

  • Anima Mundi, U.N. Peace Prize for Women
  • Physicians for Social Responsibility Prize
  • PeaceLinks Peace Prize
  • Fr. Elias Chacour, Palestinian peacemaker

Flora Brovina with Tim Holmes and his sculpture, "Anima Mundi", the inaugural U.N. Millennium Peace Prize for Women. Brovina was imprisoned by the Serb military for aiding Kosavar refugees.

Helen Hakena accepts the U.N. Millennium Peace Prize for Women in a ceremony at the U.N. on March 8, 2001, International Women's Day.

A woman in traditional dress from Rwanda admires "Anima Mundi", the U.N. Millennium Peace Prize for Women created by Tim Holmes.

U. N. Peace Prize for Women - Anima Mundi

Tim was commissioned in 2000 to create an award envisioned specifically to address the fact that the Nobel Peace Prize had only gone to 10 women in 110 years.

United Nations commissions sculptor to create international peace prize

NEW YORK, NY– Contemporary art and the struggle for peace have always gone hand in hand. Now the United Nations has commissioned a work by U.S. sculptor Tim Holmes to commemorate the efforts of women around the world to bring peace to war-torn countries.

The purpose of the award, officially called the Uited Nations Millennium Peace Prize for Women, according to UNIFEM executive director Noeleen Heyzer, is “to identify the unsung heroines who have risked social standing, and in some cases their lives, to initiate peaceful resolutions to long-standing bloodshed.”

The prize, Heyzer said, is inspired by hundreds of stories about the often unrecognized and valiant efforts that women are making to bring peace to war-affected countries. Women in Somalia, South Africa, Liberia, Guatemala, Colombia, Kosovo, Cambodia and many other countries have set inspiring examples of building peace across clans, political affiliations and ethnicity.

Sculptor Holmes was chosen for the commission because of his lifelong commitment to peace organizations, and his worldwide renown for creating art works to be given as awards to peace makers. Holmes, who lives and works in Helena, Montana, has exhibited in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, in St. John’s Cathedral in New York, and in a number of museums and galleries across the U.S. Because his sculpture so often unites the spirit of artistic expression with the work of peacemakers and spiritual leaders, Holmes has attracted a number of devoted collectors including museums and institutions, as well as a community of private art lovers.

The U.N. Peace Prize for Women to date has been given to:

  • Flora Brovina, Kosovo. Brovina, a pediatrician, began a clinic for refugees of the war, was arrested by the Serbian military in 1999, tried for committing "acts of terrorism" and was imprisoned until recently released by international pressure.
  • Asma Jahangir and Hina Jilani, Pakistan. These two sisters began the first all-women's law firm in Pakistan in 1981 to stand up for human rights, bringing them death threats in thanks, including from the chair of their local version of the Chamber of Commerce.
  • Veneranda Nzambazamariya, Rwanda, awarded posthumously. Nzambazamariya was the president of Pro-femmes Tweaw Hamwe, a collective of women's organizations that worked to promote human rights and heal Rwanda after the massacres.
  • Women in Black, a worldwide network of anonymous women and groups of women who oppose violence with organized actions and silent vigils. WIB use anonymity as an act of solidarity ion a world where often labeling is the first act of oppression. WIB of Belgrade accepts the prize on behalf of the movement.
  • The Ruta Pacifica de las Mujeres Movement, Columbia, serves as an important national referee in the ongoing conflict in Columbia.
  • Leitana Nehan Women's Developement Agency, Papau New Guinea, formed after conflict broke out in 1989, to help rebuild eroded trust within affected communities. The sculpture was commissioned by UNIFEM, a U.N.-sponsored program to support and enhance human rights for women on all continents of the globe. The purpose of the Millennium Peace Prize, according to UNIFEM executive director Noeleen Heyzer, is „to identify the unsung heroines who have risked social standing, and in some cases their lives, to initiate peaceful resolutions to long-standing bloodshed.

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The Physicians for Social Responsibility, a high-profile group working worldwide to prevent nuclear war, awarded a Holmes bronze sculpture, The Healing Touch to the peacemaker of the year for several years.

Pres. Jimmy Carter

President Jimmy Carter with The Healing Touch

Hillary Clinton and Rosalyn Carter


When the nationwide group Peace Links awarded former First Lady Rosalyn Carter their annual Eleanor Roosevelt Living World Award, it wasn't a plaque or a paperweight that Hilary Rodham Clinton handed the Georgia gentlewoman. It was a metal sculpture of a leaping figure, a sylph -- a burst of energy captured mid-moment. Entitled Song of Another Voice, the sculpture symbolizes the moment an idea takes form, the unleashed energy of an inspiration, the moment that hope is set free in a frozen world.

Peace Links has given copies of Tim Holmes's Song of Another Voice as its most prestigious award "honoring prominent women who make significant contributions to the global perspective on peace, justice and the survival of the planet." That year, the recipient was Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway & chair of the World

Commission on Environment and Development. Soviet Cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman in space (in 1963), received it in 1990 and Loret Ruppe, our ambassador to Norway, in 1991.

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The sculpture has been awarded to:

  • Rosalyn Carter, peace activist and wife of U.S. President Jimmy Carter,presented by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, 1992
  • Loret Ruppe, US ambassador to Norway, 1991
  • Valentina Tereshkova, first woman cosmonaut, 1990
  • Gro Harlem Brundtland, Norwegian Prime Minister, 1989

Pat Schroeder with the PeaceLinks award that was received on behalf of Gro Harlem Brundtland, former prime minister of Norway

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Fr. Chacour with his sculpture

Father Elias Chacour, Palestinian Peacemaker

Elias Chacour's farming family was forced out of their farm along with the rest of his village by the army of the new nation of Israel in 1948, when he was 8. He was even hired at one point by the occupants of his farm to come and work the orchard with his trees for their profit.  

He could have developed a deep, life-long hatred for the invaders but instead he has spent his life trying to bring the Palestinians and Israelis together in peace.   He has created a school system for students of all faiths to study and live together.  Mar Elias Educational Institutions consist of a kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school and a recently established university, located in Ibillin, an Arab village in northern Israel.

During the recent Israel/Hezbollah War, at one point the Hezbollah announced they were going to rocket a northern Israeli town.  Fr. Chacour and many of his students took a bus to the town so that if it was bombed by his own people, they would be in as much danger as the Israelis being targeted.  As a result, the missles never came.  This is the kind of inspirational courage that appears only rarely in human affairs!

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