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Congratulations to Female Nobel Peace Laureates #Nobelpeaceprize

From Sec. Clinton:

“I am delighted to send heartfelt congratulations to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [see previous post “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: ‘A Victor of Circumstances’”], Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman and Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee for the prestigious honor of sharing this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. They are shining examples of the difference that women can make and the progress they can help achieve when given the opportunity to make decisions about the future of their societies and countries.

“The unflinching courage, strength and leadership of these women to build peace, advance reconciliation, and defend the rights of fellow citizens in their own countries provide inspiration for women’s rights and human progress everywhere. This recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments reflects the efforts of many other women who are promoting peace and security in their countries and communities. I want to commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the powerful role women are playing in building peace and ending conflict around the world.”

October 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Women leading change in Liberia

“In Liberia, where rape surpasses even armed robbery as the most reported crime — and some 40% of all victims are under the age of 12 — women are attempting to reverse a legacy of discrimination and abuse, in part, with the assistance of UN Women. ‘The biggest challenge is education for women and it is the biggest tool for empowerment, and that’s what we are trying to address,’ said Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected president in an African country.”

Read more (& video):

March 22, 2011 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “A Victor of Circumstances”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, is known as the “Iron Lady of Africa.”  She spoke of the need to balance toughness and sensitivity and opined that being a woman helped her strike that balance of scary and grandmotherly.

She also commented that she would not have accomplished as much as she has done if she had been a man.  “To go through all I’ve been through… and being a woman, it really set me apart.  You could call me a victor of circumstances.”

December 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm 1 comment

Countdown to TEDWomen

The first-ever TEDWomen is less than a week away! Stay tuned for live updates from the event, which features a star-studded lineup of speakers including:

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia
Ted Turner
Sheryl Sandberg of Google
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate
Donna Karan
Madeleine Albright

For more information on conference speakers:

December 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm 1 comment

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