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Actress, jazz artist Cynthia "c." Basinet among Nobel Peace Prize nominees
Hollywood, CA - Cynthia Basinet, and 39 others from the United States, are among the 1,000 women from around the world who have been collectively nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize, as part of a novel project meant to highlight their work for a better future.
Nominee Basinet, while best known as an actress and jazz artist - aka "c. basinet", hits like "Santa Baby" (also in the soundtrack of the film, "Party Monster") and "Tea for Two"* has also been involved in drawing attention to the plight of some 200,000 refugees living in the western Sahara desert. In May 2001, she travelled to the Algerian camps, performed for the people there and met with various government agencies. The camps are more than 80 percent women and children. As a single mother, could relate deeply to their plight.
"Displaced societies are of value," according to Basinet. "Their issues are our issues."
Noting that only 12 women have ever won since the peace prize was first awarded in 1901, the Swiss-based project -- simply called 1,000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005 -- is using three proxies to represent the thousand nominees -- themselves representing the "millions of women (who) work day in day out to promote peace."
By contrast, 80 men and 12 organisations have received the prestigious award.
"The nominated women all commit themselves daily to the cause of peace and justice, often under the most difficult circumstances," the organisers said in a statement released Wednesday.
The Nobel Prize statutes limit simultaneous awards to three individuals at the most, or to an organisation.
The 1,000-woman project takes a broad view of peace based on human security, which includes nutrition, health, the environment and human rights. In selecting the nominees, special emphasis was placed on unknown grassroots activists who do not exercise any coordination function, but do direct and active peace work within their own immediate regions.
The 1,000-women project was launched in 2003. And last year the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was a woman: Iranian human rights activist Shirin Ebadi.
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*From the CD, "For You With Love" available thru Amazon.com and digitial distribution
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