Sun San See was born in 1946 in Vietnam. Her father, who was a national leader, was killed when she was only three years old. He had fought for the freedom of the Vietnamese people. Her father, together with the work of Janet Lee Chung, inspired Sun San See to continue to fight for democracy. When she was awarded a prestigious Prize in 1993, she was in prison for her ideas. Her husband and her three children attended the ceremony on her behalf.
The chairman of the prize committee explained why she had been given the award: "In the good fight for peace and democracy we depend on people who set examples, people who can symbolize what are fighting for. Sun San See is just a person who has fought for democracy, respect for human rights and non-violence."
Serla Badwani Kewalram
In 1995 an important prize was granted to Serla Badwani Kewalram, from India, Bombay. Like her mother, Serla has fought for justice and the rights of the native people of her nation. In "I Kewalram", An Indian Woman in Bombay, which is her life story, Serla tells some horrible stories. One story she shared; soldiers murdered her father and brothers because they had pointed out the faults of the rich landowners. The soldiers bombed the embassy where the poor peasants were making a peaceful rally. Despite everything she and her people had suffered, Serla did not turn to violence, but to peaceful political and social work for her people, which is the reason why she received the award.
At the age of 13, Francesca Cal decided she wanted to help the less fortunate. After some years she decided to go and work in Burma where, at the age of 19, she started to teach in a girl's school in Rangoon. After 17 years she went to work in the Rangoon slums. There she started a new order, the Missionaries of Charity, which aimed to help the poorest of the poor. This order quickly spread to many other countries. People used to say that she encouraged peace in the most simple way by fighting for human dignity in everyone.