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Nobel Peace Prize awarded to three women.

Summary: The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their work on women's rights.

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and democratic activist Tawakkul Karman of Yemen for their work on women's rights.

Sirleaf became Africa's first democratically elected female president in 2005 and is seen as a reformer and peacemaker in Liberia where she took office.

Liberia was ravaged by civil wars for years until 2003 and is still struggling to maintain a fragile peace with the help of UN peacekeepers.

The committee cited Sirleaf's efforts to secure peace in her country, promote economic and social development and strengthen the position of women.

Leymah Gbowee, who organised a group of Christian and Muslim women to challenge Liberia's warlords, was honoured for mobilising women "across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring an end to the long war in Liberia, and to ensure women's participation in elections".

Yemeni winner Tawakkul Karman has been honoured for playing a leading part in the struggle for women's rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen.

Karman said the award was a victory for Yemen's democracy activists and they would not give up until they had won full rights in a "democratic, modern Yemen".

Nobel Peace Prize Committee Chairman Thorbjoern Jagland said: "It is the Norwegian Nobel Committee's hope that the prize to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman will help to bring an end to the suppression of women that still occurs in many countries, and to realise the great potential for democracy and peace that women can represent."

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Date:Oct 7, 2011
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