The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) and Quaker Peace & Social Witness (QPSW) have nominated Dr. Miriam Were of Kenya for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.
The timing of this nomination is intended to draw attention to Dr. Miriam Were’s tireless work since the 1970s in promoting trust between governments, health authorities, and the citizenry through culturally sensitive programs,” says AFSC’s nominating letter. “Dr. Were has likened curative initiatives to mopping the floor under a leaking tap; consequently, her focus has been on community health approaches. These efforts facilitate the uptake of health initiatives among the most vulnerable people, including today’s vaccination efforts against COVID-19. Dr. Were has worked tirelessly for, and with clarity about, the many-layered complexity of health innovation among populations with limited access to health education and information.”
Quakers are committed to building peace, and without access to health education and information, peace is a distant dream. Dr. Were has embodied this dream over the years. During her long career, she has faced threats of violence and professional retaliation because of her refusal to bow to corrupt practices. Dr. Were has demonstrated the Quaker testimony of integrity to the highest degree even when her personal safety was jeopardized. This devotion and commitment have therefore nonviolently promoted both democracy and peace.