Tawakkul Karman wins Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 Besides Two Other Women
OSLO, NORWAY (AdenOnline)
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to the Yemeni activist, Tawakkul Karman, the Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and the Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee for their work on women’s rights.
They were awarded the international prize for “their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.” as said by the Nobel Prize Committee.
Tawakul Karman, 32, is a mother of three. She headed the Women Journalists without Chains, a human rights group for journalist. She had been a leading figure in organizing the protests in Yemen that opposed the rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh and which kicked off in late January.
Karman’s father is a former legal affairs minister under Saleh. She is a journalist and member of Islah party, an Islamic party.
Johnson Sirleaf, 72, is a Harvard-trained economist who became Africa’s first democratically elected female president in 2005.
The Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, organized a group of Christian and Muslim women to challenge Liberia’s warlords. In 2009 she won a Profile in Courage Award, an honor named for a 1957 Pulitzer Prize-winning book written by John F. Kennedy, for her work in emboldening women in Liberia.
Liberia was ravaged by civil wars for years until 2003. The country is still struggling to maintain a fragile peace with the help of U.N. peacekeepers.
“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,” the prize committee said.