Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia has won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, it was announced today from Oslo, along with peace activist Leymah Gbowee, also from Liberia, and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy campaigner.
The Nobel Peace Committee, in its citation, 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.”
This Nobel Prize is thrilling and exciting, as a ringing endorsement to the courage and the fearlessness of three women champions from Africa and the Mid-East, and an acknowledgment of their nonviolent role in promoting peace, democracy and gender equality.
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Nicole Kekeh is a contributor to ForbesWoman World With A View, a blog on global women, business and culture, and to ForbesWoman. Nicole Kekeh is the founder of The Dora Kan Group LLC a startup and strategy firm dedicated to affecting change in Africa by leveraging the power of business innovation and by working with emerging businesses and industries in Africa and connecting them to ideas and solutions, to grow. She created and writes a blog on Africa and on issues ranging from politics to economics. For further information, visit: http://www.thedorakangroup.com/ or write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org