Rigoberta MenchÃº Tum is an indigenous Guatemalan woman, of the K'iche' ethnic group. MenchÃº has dedicated her life to publicizing the plight of Guatemala's indigenous peoples during and after the Guatemalan Civil War, and to promoting indigenous rights in the country. She received the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and Prince of Asturias Award in 1998. She is the subject of the testimonial biography I, Rigoberta MenchÃº and the author of the autobiographical work, Crossing Borders.
MenchÃº 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.