07 Oct '11, 9pm

3 women who fought for rights and an end to violence in Liberia and Yemen have won the Nobel Peace Prize

OSLO - Three prominent women who have campaigned for rights and an end to violence in Liberia and Yemen won the Nobel Peace Prize yesterday. The Norwegian Nobel Committee honoured Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (left), Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee (centre) and Yemeni human rights activist Tawakkul Karman (right) "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work". They were the first women to win the prize since Kenya's Wangari Maathai, who died last month, was named as the laureate in 2004. Ms Karman is a 32-year-old mother of three who heads the human rights group Women Journalists without Chains. She has been a leading figure in organising protests against Yemen President Ali Abdullah Saleh that started in late January. "I am very, very happy about this prize," she said. "I give ...

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