Along the past year or so I’ve been supporting this campaign (em Portugues aqui) petitioning for the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to African Women as a collective. It has been slightly disappointing to learn that it wasn’t to be exactly so, but this year’s prize still comes somehow satisfying in that regard - "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work" it has been awarded jointly to:
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf – President of Liberia
Leymah Gbowee – former campaigner for the end of civil war in Liberia
Tawakkul Karman – Women’s rights activist in Yemen
There is another ‘consolation side’ to this year’s prize: it comes just a few days after the sad passing away of Wangari Maathai, the first ever African Woman Nobel Prize winner.