SALUTATIONS TO WOMEN NOBEL PRIZE WINNERS FOR PEACE
Erle Frayne D. Argonza
Late as this salutation may be, let me express my own kudos to the three (3) women who recently won the Nobel Prize for Peace, to wit: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and her compatriot Leymah Gbowee.
Polarity principles spawn a one-sided, exclusionary development everywhere, among which is the exclusion of women, urban & rural poor, and indigenous peoples from the development game. Exclusionary development also tends to breed violence, as those marginalized social sectors’ demand for equity and justice is met with violent repression from status quo forces.
It is surely very refreshing to witness women coming to the fore to promote peace and development in areas that are too male-dominated and war-torn. The 3 Nobelists for Peace have shown exemplary deeds in pursuit of such a precious peace, and so they deserved the international accolade and esteem.
[Philippines, 24 October 2011]
UNDP salutes Nobel Laureates
07 October 2011
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, compatriot Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman were jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peacebuilding work.
“We salute the 2011 Nobel Laureates Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman,” said Helen Clark, chief of the United Nations Development Programme. “They show us what can be achieved when women participate and take on decision making roles, and they serve as an example for us all.”
“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, ” the Norwegian Nobel Committee said the announcement.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s first democratically elected female president, and a former head of UNDP in Africa. She is widely praised for her role as a champion for women and development, as well as her contributions towards peace in Liberia.
Leyman Gbowee is an activist who has mobilized women to boost the peace process in Liberia, while Tawakkul Karman has been at the forefront of the campaign for women’s rights and democracy in Yemen.
This brings to 15 the number of women who have received the Nobel Peace Prize since it was first conferred in 1901.
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