VVA Praises 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates:
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman
“The decision to award the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize to three women…recognizes that democracy and lasting peace cannot be achieved without giving women the full opportunity to participate.” -- Human Rights Watch
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 11, 2011) – Voice of Vietnamese Americans takes this honorable opportunity to congratulate the 2011 Laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize: President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian human rights activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemeni rights activist Tawakkul Karman.
“It is very inspiring to learn that not one but three remarkable individuals this year were awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, the most prestigious award given to those who promote peace,” Genie Nguyen, VVA President, said. “The world is, and will continue to be, a better and safer place because of the sacrifice these brave women have made in the name of peace and democracy.”
Typically given to one Laureate, and less commonly to two Laureates, the award this year was given to, for the first time ever, three women for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”
Last year, the Nobel Peace award was given to Dr. Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese writer and dissident detained in December 2008 who was awarded the prize while prison. VVA stands with Human Rights Watch in urging that the Chinese government release the 2010 Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Xiaobo.
“Voice of Vietnamese Americans sincerely thanks the Norwegian Nobel Committee for recognizing – in addition to the leadership by Dr. Xiaobo in establishing globally sustainable peace – the historic, world-changing impacts made by this year’s three women laureates,” Ms. Nguyen said.
Human Rights Watch said that this year’s triumph shows that women do play a role in democracy and peace.