New York, Oct 7 (IBNS) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday hailed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to three women's activists, describing it as "a testament to the power of women's leadership."
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female elected head of State; Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist; and Tawakkul Karman, a pro-democracy activist from Yemen are the joint winners of this year's prize.
Nobel judges, announcing the decision today, cited their "non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peacebuilding work."
Speaking in New York, Ban said the award could not have been better chosen.
"It underscores the vital role that women play in the advancement of peace and security, development and human rights," he said.
"I myself have met women who have been the victims of sexual violence. I have seen for myself women's leadership power in building and sustaining peace. And I have heard the voices of women calling for justice and democracy in the Middle East, North Africa and beyond."