Betty Williams (born 1943), co-founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, honoured for her efforts aimed at peaceful resolution of conflicts in Northern Ireland.
Williams and MaireadCorrigan received the Prize in 1977 because during the process of selecting candidates for the previous year, the Norwegian Nobel Committee decided that no candidate met the criteria formulated in Alfred Nobel’s last will. In such cases the Prize is withheld until next year.
Williams worked as an office receptionist. She was awarded the Carl Von Ossietsky Medal by the Berlin division of the International League for Human Rights. Like Corrigan, she received the honorary Doctor of Law degree from Yale University.
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