December 11, 2011
Two women from Liberia, and one from Yemen who fought injustice, dictatorship, and sexual violence against women were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
At the ceremony in Norway's capital Oslo Saturday, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni women's rights advocate Tawakkul Karman, accepted their prize and called on repressed women worldwide to rise up against male supremacy.
Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female president has been widely applauded with her efforts to help her country emerge from a brutal civil war.
A 39-year-old activist, Gbowee, has been credited with campaigning for women's rights and against rape.
And journalist and activist Karman, is the first Arab woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, and is credited for fighting for democracy and peace in her country, which has been wracked by demonstrations and violence this year.
The three women will share an award of nearly 1-and-a-half million US dollars.