Oslo: The winners of the Nobel Peace Prize say
the award has inspired them to work even harder to make the
world see women not just as victims of conflicts, but as
leaders in efforts to resolve them.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, her compatriot
Leymah Gbowee and Tawwakul Karman of Yemen spoke to reporters
in Oslo today, a day before the prize ceremony.
Gbowee, a Liberian women's rights activist, called the
award an affirmation of the role women play in peace process
Karman agreed, saying that "the period that women appears
as victims" has ended and predicting that women will emerge as
leaders in the Arab world following the revolutions there.
Johson Sirleaf said the Nobel had strengthend her
commitment to to work for women's empowerment in Africa.
First Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011, 00:44