2011 Nobel Peace Prize
The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their work for women's rights.
Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa's first democratic elected female president. Leymah Gbowee has worked to mobilize women across ethnic and religious dividing lines to bring end to the long war in Liberia.
Tawakkul Karman has played a leading role in the struggle for women's rights and democracy in Yemen. Ref. CNN
Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel Peace Prize
Edward Snowden, Pope Francis and Denis Mukwege were some of the other names considered to be contenders for the prize, awarded annually since 1901 by Norway's Nobel committee to "The person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses." Yousafzai and Satyarthi share the award "For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education," The committee said. Ref. USAToday
Tunisia's National Dialogue Quartet wins Nobel Peace Prize
The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prize to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet "For its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011." The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded by a committee of five persons who are chosen by Norway's parliament. Last year, the prize was awarded jointly to India's Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai. There were 273 candidates for this year's prize, 68 of these were organizations. Ref. USAToday
The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov 'for their efforts to safeguard freedom of expression'. The Norwegian Nobel Committee made the announcement early Friday and said Ressa "Uses freedom of expression to expose abuse of power, use of violence and growing authoritarianism in her native country, the Philippines," while Muratov "Has for decades defended freedom of speech in Russia under increasingly challenging conditions." Ref. USAToday.