Annual Report 2013
The state of the world's human rights

7 October 2011

Nobel Peace Prize recognizes struggle for women’s rights

Nobel Peace Prize recognizes struggle for women’s rights

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize recognizes the work of activists to defend the rights of women around the world, Amnesty International said today.

The Nobel Committee divided the 2011 award in three parts between Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman.

“This Nobel Peace Prize recognizes what human rights activists have known for decades: that the promotion of equality is essential to building just and peaceful societies worldwide,” said Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International.

“The tireless work of these and countless other activists brings us closer to a world where women will see their rights protected and enjoy growing influence at all levels of government.”

Johnson Sirleaf is the first woman to be democratically elected as President of an African country. Amnesty International in the past considered her to be a prisoner of conscience, jailed for her opposition to the ruling government in 1985.

Gbowee mobilized women across ethnic and religious lines to help end war in Liberia and ensure women’s participation in elections there.

Karman is a Yemeni human rights activist who has been a leading figure in mass protests against the government in 2011.

“Today it is not just these three leading women who are being celebrated, but everyone who has fought for human rights and equality in their societies,” said Salil Shetty.

“The Nobel Committee’s choice this year will encourage women everywhere to continue fighting for their rights.”

The Nobel Peace Prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Oslo on 10 December.

Read More

Yemeni rights activist threatened after organizing protests (News, 28 January 2011)
Yemeni activists fear worsening clampdown amid protests (News, 24 January 2011)
Stop Violence Against Women (Campaign)

Issue

Activists 
MENA unrest 
Prisoners Of Conscience 
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 
Women 

Campaigns

Stop Violence Against Women 

@amnestyonline on twitter

News

16 October 2014

Repressive and discriminatory legislation enacted over the last 18 months in Uganda has led to increasing state repression, violence and homophobic and gender-based... Read more »

17 October 2014

Prisoner of conscience and torture victim Ángel Amílcar Colón Quevedo has been released from prison after five years in pre-trial detention, in a move that is welcome but... Read more »

20 October 2014

A politically motivated ban imposed on a Pakistani TV channel critical of the government constitutes a violation of the right to freedom of expression, said Amnesty... Read more »

20 October 2014

An Amnesty International investigation into allegations of execution-style and other deliberate killings by pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces has found evidence... Read more »

17 October 2014

Testimonies gathered by Amnesty International indicate that Egyptian security forces used excessive force to crack down on recent student demonstrations at Alexandria... Read more »