Friday, October 7, 2011


Who run the world? Girls! This year’s Nobel Peace Prize will be shared by three women of color, two from Liberia and a third from Yemen, for their roles in bringing about serious change in the world.
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 was awarded on Friday to three campaigning women from Africa and the Arab world in acknowledgment of their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality. The winners were Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf — Africa’s first elected female president — her compatriot, peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy campaigner. They were the first women to win the prize since Kenya’s Wangari Maathai, who died last month, was named as the laureate in 2004. Most of the recipients in the award’s 110-year history have been men, and the award seemed designed to give impetus to the cause for women’s rights around the

I am extremely excited for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winners- Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Activist Leymah Gbowee & Yemini Activist Tawakul Karman. 3 women, all fighting for peace, democracy, and gender equality.

"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 to reporters by Thorbjorn Jagland, a former Norwegian prime minister who heads the Oslo-based Nobel committee that chooses the winner of the $1.5 million prize. In a subsequent interview, he described the prize as “a very important signal to women all over the world.”

"This is a victory for women's rights everywhere in the world. What could be better than three women winning the prize? This is the recognition that: 'We hear you, we see you, we acknowledge you" -Lehma Gbowee-