The Nobel Peace Prize is due to be announced today, with a record 250-plus names put forward for this year’s award.
The bookies’ favourite is Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old shot in the head by the Taliban and left for dead. Her crime? Nothing more than going to school.
But the Taliban did not count on her incredible resilience. She survived the attack and continues to campaign for education for girls.
Less well known is gynaecologist, Denis Mukwege.
He has treated thousands of gang-rape victims during the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The leading expert on treating the physical damage, he also campaigns on the issue, despite an attempt on his life.
Three human rights activists: Lyudmila Alexeyeva, Lilya Shibanova, Svetlanna Gannushkina have all campaigned tirelessly for rights in Russia, and have all been nominated.
Also in Russia, though not by his choosing, is Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency whistleblower. Charged with spying in his native America, he has been granted temporary asylum in Russia.
And the man who granted that asylum, Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been nominated for the peace prize for his role in brokering a chemical weapons deal between the US and Syria and preventing air strikes.