Eighty-five women from east Asian nations have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a foundation promoting funding for women's programs worldwide.
They are among 1,000 women named by the Swiss organization called "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005."
Nominees include women from South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Burma and Mongolia.
The nominating organization says it aims to promote lesser-known women who work on peace projects such as improving health care, human rights and the environment.
The organization says journalists, academics and activists worked to compile the list of women nominees. No more than three people can share a Nobel Prize, so the names of three of the women, representing the 1000, have been formally submitted to the Nobel Committee.
Nobel Peace Prize winners are announced in October.