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Liberia’s Sirleaf Among Recipients of Nobel Peace Prize

On Friday’s NewsHour, we’ll look at the three women’s rights champions from Africa and the Middle East who will share the Nobel Peace Prize.

Two of the women are Liberian: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and peace activist Leymah Gbowee. The third is Tawakul Karman of Yemen, a pro-Democracy campaigner.

Margaret Warner interviewed Sirleaf in 2009 about her path to power and how women govern differently:

And Kira Kay reported this week on Liberia’s upcoming election.

Here’s what Sirleaf said about Liberia today:

>”We are post-conflict. Is it guaranteed that we will remain post-conflict and won’t slip back? I cannot give that guarantee, because we still have vulnerabilities. But of one thing I’m certain: the majority of Liberians, seeing what they can gain from peace do not want to go back to war.”

Leymah Gbowee is featured in the upcoming PBS series “Women, War and Peace.” She led a 2003 women’s movement in Liberia challenging President Charles Taylor and demanding the government disarm fighters who were raping women and girls.

Watch the full episode. See more Women War and Peace.

And Tawakul Karman is a Yemeni journalist and activist, who has called for the release of political prisoners.

Karman told the BBC:

“I’m so happy with the news of this prize and I dedicate it to all the martyrs and wounded of the Arab Spring … in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Syria and to all the free people who are fighting for their rights and freedoms.”

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