Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a native of Guatemala, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992. Menchú fought for greater rights for women and peasants in Guatemala through such organizations as the Committee for Peasant Unity and the 31st of January Popular Front. She helped to create the United Representation of the Guatemalan Opposition and received the Nobel Prize for her efforts to aid indigenous peoples in Guatemala in their struggle against military oppression.
Source: Nobelprize.org. "Rigoberta Menchú Tum—Nobel Lecture." December 10,1992. 〈http://nobelprize.org/peace/laureates/1992/tum-lecture.html〉 (accessed April 29, 2006).
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