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|Leymah Gbowee Wins Nobel Peace Prize|
7 October 2011
OSLO, NORWAY - Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee, 39, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work,” according to the citation of the Nobel Committee.
She shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, a pro-democracy activist from Yemen. A widely respected African peace activist, Gbowee is credited for organizing a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War. She is the Executive Director of the NGO Wipsen-Africa, which is one of the principal partner’s of the African Security Sector Network (ASSN) in West Africa.
The ASSN and Wipsen-Africa have worked together in several programmes in the past, the latest being a 2010 project that successfully lobbied the Government of Ghana to formulate an action plan for the implementation of UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.