Tawakkol Karman, Lleymah Gbowee and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf accept the Nobel Peace Prize in a ceremony this morning.
Choice quotes from their acceptance speeches:
Tawakkol Karman: “I have always believed that resistance against repression and violence is possible without relying on similar repression and violence. I have always believed that human civilization is the fruit of the effort of both women and men. So, when women are treated unjustly and are deprived of their natural right in this process, all social deficiencies and cultural illnesses will be unfolded, and in the end the whole community, men and women, will suffer.”
Lleymah Gbowee: “We must continue to unite in sisterhood to turn our tears into triumph. There is no time to rest until our world achieves wholeness and balance, where all men and women are considered equal and free.”
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: “I urge my sisters, and my brothers, not to be afraid. Be not afraid to denounce injustice, though you may be outnumbered. Be not afraid to seek peace, even if your voice may be small. Be not afraid to demand peace.”
I really can’t find a way to fully express how much I approve of and appreciate the choice made for this year’s award and how much I admire each of these women and the work they continue to do.
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