Rigoberta Menchú Tum
Rigoberta Menchú Tum is a Guatemalan activist who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and the Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is a member and activist of the Maya K’iche’ ethnic group in Guatemala and a leading advocate of indigenous rights and ethno-cultural reconciliation in Guatemala.
Her testimonial book “I, Rigoberta Menchú”, won the prestigious Casa de las Américas award in 1983 and has been translated into a dozen languages. The book tells the story of her people, which Menchú narrated to anthropologist Elizabeth Burgos, and earned her international recognition. She later published short stories inspired by Mayan history and traditions and the autobiographical work “Crossing Borders”.
Appointed UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador (1995-2004), she helped promote the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous People. Menchú has received numerous international honours and awards, including more than 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world.