Women's Rights Advocates Win Nobel Peace Prize

by Melissa Silverstein
October 7, 2011 9:20 AM
1 Comment
  • |


What amazing news. I am beyond inspired and excited.

Three women -- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman - - were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.

Ellen Johnson Sireleaf and Leymah Gbowee are from Liberia and Johnson Sirleaf is currently the president of Liberia and she is now running for re-election.

Tawakkul Karman is from Yemen.

Gbowee recently released a new biography Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War and her story is part of the amazing film Pray the Devil Back to Hell which is a part of the Women, War and Peace series that will air on PBS starting next week.

Here is my coverage of the launch of Women War and Peace.

Here is Leymah talking on Tavis Smiley's show. She makes you feel hopeful for the world.

Watch the full episode. See more Tavis Smiley.

  • |

More: Advocacy

You might also like:
Free Indie Movies and Documentaries    

1 Comment

  • LvFlg | October 14, 2011 7:57 AMReply

    excellent interview.

Email Updates

Most "Liked"

  • Women Dominate This Year's Olivier ...
  • Tribeca Women DIrectors: Meet Elizabeth ...
  • Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Anete ...
  • Julie Walters to Receive British TV's ...
  • Divergent Third Novel to be Split into ...
  • Tribeca Women Directors: Meet Sofia ...
  • Studios Still Leaving Money on the Table ...
  • Donna Tartt, Annie Baker Win Pulitz ...
  • Rebecca Zlowtowski to Head Two Cannes ...
  • Quote of the Day: Emma Thompson on Fighting ...