Saturday, October 8, 2011

Three women, two Liberians and a Yemeni, win Nobel Peace Prize,0,5816697.story
Three women, two Liberians and a Yemeni, win Nobel Peace Prize
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman share the Nobel Peace Prize. (EPA, Associated Press, Reuters)

Sharing the award were Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female head of state; her countrywoman Leymah Gbowee, a peace activist who challenged warlords; and Tawakul Karman, a Yemeni human rights leader seeking to overthrow an autocratic regime as part of the regionwide "Arab Spring" movement.

"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," said the citation read by Thorbjorn Jagland, head of the Nobel committee, based in Oslo.

The Norwegian panel said it hoped the award would help end "the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realize the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent."

The trio joined an exclusive group of about a dozen female Nobel peace laureates among the scores of men who have won the honor over the decades....READ MORE

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