Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf waves at her home in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, today. Africa’s first democratically elected female president, Sirleaf is one of three women to win the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of the importance of women’s rights in the spread of global peace.
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Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman laughs as she speaks on the telephone after the announcement of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize in Sanaa, Yemen, today.
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In this May 18, 2009 file photo, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee is seen after she and other activists were awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, in Boston. Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen have won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced today.