IANSA woman awarded 2011 Nobel Peace Prize

We are delighted that IANSA woman Ms Leymah Gbowee of WIPSEN-Africa has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize alongside Ellen Johnson–Sirleaf of Liberia and and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.

In relation to work on small arms control, Ms Leymah Gbowee, “a warrior who fights with no weapon” has highlighted women's experience of armed violence and the action women are taking to reduce it. In 2006, she co-founded WIPSEN Africa, a full member of IANSA which plays an instrumental role in advancing women's right in Africa, particularly in war affected West African countries.

WIPSEN-Africa has issued a press release with background on the role that Leymah played in Liberia both during and after the war. They state, “The award is a testament to the bravery and determination of women in Africa to bring peace and democracy on the continent. Until now, only 12 out of 97 Laureates have been women. WIPSEN-Africa would like to thank the Norwegian Nobel Committee for recognising women’s role in promoting peace and security in Africa and around the world.”
Read the press release at: http://www.wipsen-africa.org/wipsen/News/page_5/