One organized a sex strike to end Liberia’s brutal civil war. Another became Africa’s first female president after galvanizing Liberian women to march for peace. The third, a journalist and mother of three, is fighting for democracy in Yemen. When she heard she’d won the Nobel Peace Prize, sharing it with two African sisters, Tawakul Karman was out protesting in the streets. No wonder she’s known as the “Mother of the Revolution”?
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Needless to say, women around the world are elated that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman won the Nobel Peace Prize. It’s particularly sweet since the prize has rarely gone to women. (Go figure.) We know that women have the power to change the world. We see it every day. Still, it’s not shabby to finally get international recognition.
According to NPR:
“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,” Thorbjorn Jagland, the head of the Nobel commmitee, told The New York Times."
What ran through your mind when you heard they'd won the prize? We'd love to hear your tributes to these remarkable women.
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