Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Yemeni democracy and women’s rights activist Tawakkul Karman, collective winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. (CBS/AP)
Africa’s first democratically elected female president, a Liberian peace activist and a woman who stood up to Yemen’s authoritarian regime won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for their work to secure women’s rights, which the prize committee described as fundamental to advancing world peace.
The 10 million kronor ($1.5 million) award was split three ways between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, peace activist Leyma Gbowee from the same African country and democracy activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen — the first Arab woman to win the prize. Source
Here’s a sample of these extraordinary women words and acts of courage:
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says she felt “humbled” by her Nobel Peace Prize recognition, but welcomed the honor as recognition of a long struggle to achieve peace in her West African nation.
If there is a whiff of controversy surrounding this year’s pretty uncontentious decision to share the Nobel Peace Prize three ways, it is likely to settle over Tawakul Karman, the Yemeni recipient.
CONGRATULATIONS, to these courageous women. 3 Chics salutes you!