when pigs fly … expect the unbelievable

Archive for October 2011

Last week the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to 3 women:  Tawakkul Karman, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Leyman Gbowee.  Karman is a Yemini citizen who has led anti-government protests.  She is a member a political party linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, which is often viewed as a terrorist organization in the West, rightly or wrongly. President  Sirleaf is the first democratically elected female president in Africa; she won her election in 2005 in Liberia, a country created in 1847 in order to find a place to “settle” freed American slaves.  Gbowee, also a Liberian, has campaigned for the rights of women and against rape — mobilizing Liberia’s Muslim and Christian women into one force in order to “bring an end to the long war in Liberia, and to ensure women’s participation in elections.”

It is worthy of note that Thorbjoern Jagland, price committee chair, stated about the context in which the nominees were selected:  “…if one fails to include the women in the revolution (Arab Spring) and the new democracies, there will be no democracy.”

Upon being told that she had won the prize, Gbowee said:  “Everything I do is an act of survival for myself, for the group of people that I work with….so, if you are surviving, you don’t take your survival strategies or tactics as anything worthy of a Nobel.”

Obviously a woman with a sense of humor, Gbowee added:  “Sat by a guy for five hours on the flight and we never spoke to each other, but I just had to tap him and say:  “Sir, I just won the Nobel Peace Prize.”

Ghowee’s assistant, Bertha Amanor, described her as “a warrior daring to enter where others would not dare”.  What a remarkable legacy.


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