Nobel Peace Prize 2011

LtoR: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkul Karman (Getty Images)

Almost two weeks ago, three womyn from the Middle East and Africa were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their activism in womyn’s rights.

These three womyn were awarded the prize for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work (nobelprize.org).”

  • Leymah Gbowee- A resident of Liberia and a mother of five, Gbowee works in Ghana’s capital as the director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa. She is honored for her continuous campaigning against rape being used as a weapon against her womyn.
  • Tawakkul Karman- A mother of three has become known as the “Iron Woman, The Mother of Revolution, and The Spirit of the Yemeni Revolution” by her fellow protesters. Karman is a journalist and head of Women Journalists without Chains. She is also a member of the Islamic party Islan and was awarded the prize for her work as the leader of anti- government protests in Yemen.
  • Ellen Johnson Sirleaf- The first womyn to win a presidential election in Africa ran for re-election last Tuesday. Sirleaf became the president of Liberia in 2005. Sirleaf is seen as a peacemaker and reformer. (northjersey.com)

Some people speculate on the authenticity of the  Nobel Peace Prize being that Adolf Hitler was once nominated, even though he was not ultimately awarded the prize. Regardless of past nominees, I think it is monumental that womyn are being honored for their activist efforts. These three womyn show that perseverance and courage go a long way. This will inspire and motivate womyn across the world.

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