In 1876 the following want ad appeared in a Viennese newspaper: “A very wealthy, cultured, elderly gentleman, living in Paris, desires to find a lady also of mature years, familiar with languages, as secretary and manager of his household.”
The gentleman is Alfred Nobel, the dynamite millionaire, and the woman who answers the advertisement is to become the most renowned peace activist and one of the most famous women of her day. She influences Nobel in establishing his peace prize, which she wins herself in 1905. In 2014, her 100 year anniversary has been celebrated all aorund Europe.
Anne Synnøve Simensen is a Norwegian academic, author and actress who has written the book: The Woman behind the Peace prize. The book is about to be translated into English.
The 10th of December 2014 the award winners Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai are celebrated in Oslo for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.