Friday, October 7, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize 2011

The big news of the week--

The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".

Two African and one Middle Eastern women working for peace in challenging regions and times.   Their backgrounds and roles are each different, but their goals are the same. 

One of the best outcomes of the Nobel Peace Prize is the opportunity for all of us, students and teachers, to learn more about the most courageous people on earth.  Right now, news agencies are scrambling to get together bios, video, links, writings on the new Peace Laureates. 

Set your students to finding them!  And for now, reflect on Leymah Gbowee's comment from her phone interview today.  "Truly women have a place."

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