07 Oct '11, 10am

3 women share Nobel Peace Prize for work on women's rights

3 women share Nobel Peace Prize for work on women's rights

(From far left) Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian 'peace warrior' Leymah Gbowee win the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on women's rights. -- PHOTO: AFP OSLO (AFP) - Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian 'peace warrior' Leymah Gbowee and Yemen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman on Friday won the Nobel Peace Prize, the jury said. The three prize winners share the 2011 award 'for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work,' Norwegian Nobel Committee president Thorbjoern Jagland said in his announcement. '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,' he added. Ms Sirleaf, 72, made history when she be...

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