Three Women Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Friday, October 07, 2011

emen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian 'peace warrior' Leymah Gbowee Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian 'peace warrior' Leymah Gbowee are winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. (GAMAL NOMAN/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Three women were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, becoming the first women to win since 2004. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, also of Liberia, and Tawakul Karman of Yemen will share the award. The Norwegian Nobel committee honored the three women for "their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work." Johnson Sirleaf is the first democratically-elected female head of state in Africa, Gbowee is an activist, and Karman is a leading figure in Yemen's pro-democracy movement.

Bola Mosuro of the BBC's Focus on Africa program talks about the life and career of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Guests:

Bola Mosuro

Comments [2]

I was very disappointed with the anti-male views presented by the Liberian President. Any true student of history knows there have been plenty of bad female leaders (in fact if you figured things on a percentage basis of bad female leaders over total female leaders vs bad male leaders over total male leaders, you would likely find that the bad female percentage is significantly higher than the bad male percentage throughout the totality of history.)

Oct. 07 2011 10:51 AM
Ed from Larchmont

Wonderful. I would nominate Fr. Frank Pavone who works against the practice of abortion, the practice that in many ways is destroying our country and people.

Oct. 07 2011 08:32 AM

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