Reflections During the Nobel Peace Prize Week

Equality

Written by: Kelly Fisher

10.12.2020

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Insight writer Kelly Fisher, a 2018-2019 Fulbright Recipient and current MA student at PRIO, gives his personal thoughts and reflections on Nobel Peace Prize awarded this week to the UN’S World Food Programme.

Kelly attending the Nobel Prize ceremony in 2018.

Easily one of the greatest highlights of my life was having the chance to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in 2018.  It was the year that Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad were both awarded the prize for their important work as advocates  against the use of sexual violence in war.   

Being in that room and listening to their powerful words inspired in me a sense of purpose  to become a better ally and advocate against some of the larger problems our world is confronting, including the fight for gender equality.    

Two years later, I find myself still in Norway pursuing gender studies, which was partially inspired by my experiences during the many  festivities and events  that occurred during the  Oslo Peace Days  in 2018.   

A Different Year 

This year, the  week surrounding the Peace Prize’s ceremony named Oslo Peace Days—like much of our world—was different.  That  didn’t  manage to damper the  important discussions and dialogues that still have taken place during the 2020 Oslo  Peace Days.  

From a conversation with important youth activists who highlight the role of youth and young people in building and sustaining peaceful movements, to reflections about the role and impact of the UN during its 75th  year of existence, the  programme  has delivered inspiring moments and important reflections.   (See the full  programme  for the week  here.)  

UN’s World Food Programme on a joint delivery with Germany, EU and Finland.

UN’s World Food Programme

Of course,  the highlight of the week  was  the delivery of the Peace Prize, which this year was given  to the UN’S World Food  Programme.   At a time when hunger and risk of famine is increasing,  the selection of the UN World Food  Programme  recognizes the important work this UN agency does, and its role in maintaining stability and peace in many parts of the world.   

It is fitting that this week is the week where we  at Insight Magazine  are  looking  at the important work being done by women around the world to boost gender equality. 

I was fortunate enough to speak with someone who I greatly look up to, Torunn L. Tryggestad, who has been engaged and involved in advocating for the  UN  Women, Peace, and Security agenda  from its earliest days.  I hope that this interview, and the many other great articles we have this week are inspiring and thought provoking.  •