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Rigoberta Menchú Tum

(1959-01-09) 9 January 1959 (age 63)
Laj Chimel, Quiché, Guatemala
Nationality Guatemalan
Occupation Activist, politician
Parent(s) Juana Tum Kótoja
Vicente Menchú Pérez
Awards Nobel Peace Prize in 1992
Prince of Asturias Awards in 1998
Order of the Aztec Eagle in 2010.

Rigoberta Menchú Tum ( born 9 January 1959) is a Guatemalan political and human rights activist. Menchú is known for her life to publicizing the rights of Guatemala's indigenous feminists during and after the Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996), and to promoting indigenous rights in the country.

She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and the Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. Menchú is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador. She has also become a figure in indigenous political parties and ran for President of Guatemala in 2007 and 2011.

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