The Feminist Peace Network congratulates Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakul Karman of Yemen on winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. It has been seven years since a woman won this prize and now finally, we can celebrate the bounty of three courageous women winning the prize at once!
There have been so many years when this prize has gone to men responsible for horrendous acts of war and violence while so many brave women throughout the world work to end war and achieve peace even as bullets fly around them and they themselves are victims of horrendous personal violence such as rape. It is time for the Nobel Peace Prize to only be given to those who wage peace, not those who use it as a hollow excuse for war.
As we celebrate this prize, let us also celebrate and honor the work of women throughout the world who work for peace and give them the recognition they also deserve.