3 share Nobel Peace Prize
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of LIberia is Africa's first elected female head of state.
October 7th, 2011
05:48 AM ET

3 share Nobel Peace Prize

This year's Nobel Peace Prize is divided among three women, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen, the Nobel committee in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, announced Friday.

The women were awarded the prize "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work," the committee said.

"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."

Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia's 72-year-old president, is Africa's first elected female head of state. Her political resilience and tough reputation have earned her the nickname "Iron Lady."

She is campaigning for re-election.

Medina Wesseh, chairman of her re-election campaign, told CNN the award was greatly deserved "for all of her life's works and activities, for the women of Africa, for the Liberian people and for the world at large."

The Harvard graduate's commencement address in high school in 1972 sharply criticized the government, a rare defiance in Africa, especially at the time.

Johnson Sirleaf has also worked at the World Bank and the United Nations.

Gbowee, a founder and executive director of Women Peace and Security Network-Africa, was also a recipient in 2009 of the John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

She was the focus of the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," which shows how women confronted Liberian President Charles Taylor with a demand for peace to end a bloody 14-year civil war.

She "mobilized and organized women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia," the Nobel committee said.

And in Yemen, Karman has played a leading role in the struggle for women's rights for democracy and peace, the committee said.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it hoped that the prize will help end suppression of women in many countries and to "realize the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent."

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  1. GOD


    October 7, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sarcasmlol

    Wow, how unfair. I should of won the Nobel Peace Prize... do you guys have any idea what I'm going to be doing in the future? I know, I know, I haven't exactly done anything yet, but I've been talking about what I'm going to do, therefore I should win award... Isn't that too how... hmm.. won.. ?

    October 7, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  3. GOD


    October 7, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. But i must say i have no merit either.so...


    October 7, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
  5. GOD

    Africans and peace......HA!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Pwilson

    Congratulations ladies, job well done.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Don't be pathetic, people. These are amazingly strong woman who have done a great deal for peace and freedom. It's an important price, like last year's. I was puzzled and dismayed by the Obama price one too, but hey, I still respect the office of the POTUS, despite ridiculously unworthy people having sat in that specific chair, as recently as very few years ago. The Peace Nobel is still the most respected honor in the world, and these woman deserve it all the way.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. GOD

    They got PAID nigggaaaa!!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 5:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. Runnnnn

    Run. fast. the three headed, three boobed, triple peace prize winner is coming.
    what ive been saying is as worthwhile as this peace prize. i was stoked at first tho... cuz i thought...mmmm... reeses pieces prizes....mmmmmmm

    October 7, 2011 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  10. GOD

    We gonna go shopping!!!! Fuhget the cauz ima git me some snake skinded shooz!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. john miur

    Whoi cares? These are all illuminati puppets.

    October 7, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  12. Runnnnn

    God cant quit thinking of reeses pieces. even better if you win them...cuz then its a prize. and prize won pieces r thee best. im fat :C

    October 7, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. GOD

    Dez free ladeez gonna be sittin purdy, dey gunna have all da gold and all da menz dey won't!!!!!

    October 7, 2011 at 5:56 am | Report abuse |
  14. cdallen17

    It seems peculiar to me all this negative talk about the choices off nobel peace prize winners surfaces after several africans are selected. My role model Wangari Matthaai 2004 nobel peace prize winner was no terrorist, not corrupt. More than chemists, and. Physicists should be selected. Get off your gentrified white washed horses and honor the true peace and freedom fighters. In the words of malcolm x, "you can't separate peace from freedom because you can't have peace until you're free."

    October 7, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. sophia

    to all of u with the negative talk....& the throwing off on President Barack Obama. just save it 4 your own personal fan club....which by the way im sure is very few!...the things these women have done & achieved is a great thing. How many of u have won a nobel prize or anytthing 4 that matter . Please !! so sad in this day & time how such ignorance still remains. as my grandfather would say if u cannot say ANYTHING good then y say anything at all. Treat others like u would want to be .

    October 7, 2011 at 6:09 am | Report abuse |
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