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2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE WINNERS: Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee (Liberia) & Tawakul Karman (Yemen)!



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*Cues Beyonce’s “Girls Run The World“*….

Two African women have jointly won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize; President of Liberia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee – an activist also from Liberia! As we say in South Africa, HAAAAAALAAAALAAAA, halala halala halala! Amhlophe! Makorokot0! Congratulations!

I am reminded of Zimbabwean Photographer, Rue who said to me, “when one Zimbabwean woman rises up, we are all raised up!”….This marked my spirit so much & I say,

“when one African woman rises up, we are all raised up!”

This year, THREE women have been jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggles for women’s rights. The third recipient is Tawakul Karman, a Yemeni rights activist. No woman or sub-Saharan African had won the prize since 2004, when the committee honored Wangari Maathai of Kenya, who mobilized poor women to fight deforestation by planting trees. She died last month at 71.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became Africa’s first democratically elected female President after winning a 2005 election in Liberia. Reacting to news of winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said from her home in Monrovia, Liberia;

“This gives me a stronger commitment to work for reconciliation, Liberians should be proud.”

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was seen as a reformer and peacemaker in Liberia when she took office. She is running for re-election on Tuesday.

The Nobel Committee declared that Leymah Gbowee “mobilised and organised women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia, and to ensure women’s participation in elections. She has since worked to enhance the influence of women in West Africa during and after war”.

Ms. Gbowee long campaigned for the rights of women and against rape. She organized Christian and Muslim women to challenge Liberia’s warlords. In 2003, she led hundreds of female protesters through Monrovia to demand swift disarmament of fighters who preyed on women during her country’s near-constant civil war.

The 32-year-old mother of three, Tawakul Karman, founded Women Journalists Without Chains in 2005. She has been a prominent activist and advocate of human rights and freedom of expression for the last five years.

She has led regular protests and sit ins calling for the release of political prisoners. Ms Karman has led rallies in the continuing protests against the rule of President Ali-Abdullah Saleh.

*Blasts Beyonce‘s “Girls Run The World*

Source: BBC / Associated Press

 

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