Friday, October 7, 2011

Leymah Roberta Gbowee

The Nobel Peace Prize 2011 is for three outstanding women: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman.
To me it's always a surprise when men get the nobelprize or any other prize as a single person and women have to share. Like we women don't deserve the full honor to be praised individually.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female president of an African country.
She was born in 1938 in Monrovia in a mixed african, european, american family and got her education in Monrovia and the USA. When she went back to Liberia she got a place in the government, thus using her economical knowledge. Because she publicly criticed the leaders of the country she had to flee.
But she returned... to become president and realise many of what she think her country needs.

Tawakul Karman is a 32 year old Jemen mother of 3, who always stood up for human rights and freedom of press. She initiated in 2005 the human rights group Women Journalists Without Chains (WJWC) for promoting human rights, "particularly freedom of opinion and expression, and democratic rights".
She is a very practical person and is able to energise and inspire people to join her sit-ins and other forms of protest. But she also raises a lot of problems for herself, because standing up for female rights in an islamic country is not accepted.

Leymah Roberta Gbowee was a social worker who started to organise peacework at the local fishmarket where women would sing and pray for peace. Gradually her work developed from the thought that all women, regardless of their religion, needed a better place in life and that it was able to gain that by non-violence.
It was because of the enormous inspiration and work of Leymah Roberta Gbowee that Sirleaf finally became president. Leymah Roberta Gbowee was not only persistent and thorouhly convinced that only peace can lead to happiness and a better situation for all people, she was also able to bring people together and convince them, at the local, national and also at the international level.
What moved her to the bottom of her soul, the way women were treated by men, by being raped, infected by diseases and killed or thrown away, motivated her to put security on the list beside peace.
Thus making it important that not only peaceful behaviour but also peace of mind should become availabe for everybody on this planet.

To me Leymah Roberta Gbowee is the top Peace Prize Winner of this year, but I respect the fact that the Nobel Prize for the other two women will be a small contribution to their safety in a time where violence and inequality sadly still exist.


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