Three Women Protagonists in Building Peace

Three Women Protagonists in Building Peace After Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, on December 10, 2011, the Oslo committee will present the Nobel Peace Prize to three women: to the Liberians Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee and to Tawakkul Karman from Yemen, a civil rights activist. According to Thorbjoeren Jagland, president of the Nobel Committee, this prize has been conferred «for their non-violent struggle for the protection of women and of their right to participate in peace making». He added: «we cannot reach democracy and lasting peace in the world without giving the same opportunities to women as men to influence development at all levels of society». In the motives of the Oslo Committee one reads that this prize is «a recognition of the growing strength of the role of women, especially in developing countries». In fact, it is the women in Africa who sustain the family economy, becoming, every day, protagonists in economic activities that allow for survival even in times of emergency. Their untiring work sees them involved in agriculture, commerce, formation and in many other activities within the many cooperatives that operate in Africa.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a seventy-three year-old economist, is the first black woman president in the world and also the first woman to be head of an African state. Elected in 2005 in a Liberia torn apart by 14 years of civil war that had caused about 250,000 deaths. Ellen Johnson fought against corruption with the will to help her Liberia to become “a shining light, an example for Africa and for the world of what love can do for freedom."
Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a lawyer and a activist for peace who, thanks to the movement she founded: Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, succeeded in bringing the second civil war to an end in 2003.
Tawakkul Karman is a young journalist of 32, a protagonist in the Arab Spring and an activist of the group “women journalists without chains” for the defence of human rights and freedom of expression.

For us, who work in various parts of Africa to promote the education of women, it is especially meaningful to see three women given such important recognition for their work for peace and for the development of the countries in which they live. This, besides filling our hearts with joy, allows us to look to the future with greater hope.

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21/11/2011 - irmã Ercilde Moratelli, bpa

Encontrando esta informação no site do Instituto na data litúrgica da apresentação de Nossa Senhora, dá para fazer uma ligação muito feliz:Ela como mulher na primeira idade foi levada pelo seus Pais para ser apresentada ao Senhor para ser consagrada. Hoje Mulheres com consciência de cristã ou não lutam com garra e coragem pela Paz em seu País! Para as FMA dedicadas no trabalho educativo pastoral nas terras da África tem o direito de sentirem-se felizes, eu as parabenizo pela vocação e pelo lindo trabalho que vem sendo feito em favor da vida das milhares de crianças e mulheres....

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