Among other reasons, the group says the women's movement deserves international recognition because "women have been at the forefront of social change in Iran over the last 100 years. The achievement of many civil and political rights is a credit to women’s unwavering struggle for equality in the face of grave danger and oppression, particularly over the last 30 years."
It notes that one of the first recipients of the prize was Mehrangiz Manuchehrian, an attorney and Iran's first female senator.
ACI is a nongovernmental organization that "aims to offer a framework for the future of a democratic Iran."
For more information, go to the group's English-language website.