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Three Women Awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

Posted on Oct 7, 2011
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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, pictured here giving a speech at the Center for Global Development in June, was one of three women awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize went to three women in a move the Nobel committee hopes will highlight the importance that women play in achieving world peace.

The committee said honoring women for their role in peace was especially important in the African and Arab worlds, where oppression of women is still a major social issue.

Africa’s first democratically elected female president, 72-year-old Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, was one of the three women honored. Also selected was fellow Liberian Leymah Gbowee, an activist and journalist who worked to promote a “sex strike” in an effort to end the country’s bloody civil war.

Johnson Sirleaf and Gbowee will share the $1.5 million prize with Tawakkul Karman, a politician and women’s rights activist from Yemen who headed Women Journalists Without Chains. She has called her recognition as a peace promoter “a victory for the Arab Spring.” —BF


“We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society,” Norwegian Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland told reporters.

“This is to highlight an incredibly important issue all over the world but especially in Africa and in the Arab world.”

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By Deirdre, October 8, 2011 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment

I am extremely proud of these women. I have made a point of remembering their
names: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman. I loved
reading their stories! I dearly hope that Johnson-Sirleaf is reelected.

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By disk recovery, October 8, 2011 at 12:13 am Link to this comment
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These women truly deserve to win the noble prize they have tremendous job in their areas and achieving the world peace.

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By disk recovery, October 8, 2011 at 12:05 am Link to this comment
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This is right time to show to the world the role of women in achieving the world peace. These women truly deserve the noble prize.

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By jo6pac, October 7, 2011 at 4:41 pm Link to this comment

WOW the Peace Prize is back to were it belongs, with those of Peace and not the criminals of Amerika.

Right on EmileZ in Awe we all should be.

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By EmileZ, October 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm Link to this comment

It seems really messed up and hypocritical to give this award at such a time, but who can question the righteousness of these women???

Certainly not I. I love them. I am in awe of their accomplishments.

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