OSLO – On Saturday the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2011, awarded in October, was presented at a ceremony in Oslo City Hall to the President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and two rights activists of the man, the Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni Tawakkul Karman.
The three women, said the chairman of the Nobel Committee, Thorbjorn Jagland, symbolizing “the struggle for human rights in general” and the “right of women to equality and peace in particular.” By choosing Tawakkul Karman, the first Arab woman to receive a Nobel, the committee wanted to salute the mobilization in the Arab countries, Tunisia and Syria.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 72, an economist trained at Harvard, is the first democratically elected woman president in Africa in 2005. She was re-elected last October. Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, 39, has campaigned against violence against women, not hesitating to deal with the warlords.
As for the Yemeni Tawakkul Karman, the first Arab woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize, and 32, the youngest recipient of such a distinction. Leader of the movement Women Journalists without chains, it is among the leaders of protest to President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The other Nobel Prizes awarded in October-medicine, chemistry, physics and literature, to be presented Saturday at a separate ceremony in Stockholm.