Peace Nobel

Updated - November 17, 2021 12:55 am IST

Published - October 10, 2011 01:13 am IST

I hope that the awarding of the Nobel Peace prize to three women — Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, activists Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakul Karman of Yemen — is not a tokenism. Though I do not wish to be cynical, the untold sufferings of women throughout the globe prevent me from considering this award as a genuine recognition for women. We can really be at peace only when girls and women have their say on their lives; this can be achieved only when women are educated, enabled not merely to earn but to enjoy economic freedom.

Brinda Kumarakrishnan,


The Norwegian Nobel Committee has done a great service to humanity by selecting three women — two representing Africa and the third representing the Arab world — to share the Nobel Peace prize. The factors that led to the selection of these eminent women, their non-violent struggle and their concern for women's empowerment, are dear to the hearts of Indians. This will inspire others in all parts of the world, especially in developing countries, to greater achievements in the fields of women's safety, women's rights and press freedom.

K. Bala Sundram,


Though all the Nobel prizes are prestigious, the Peace Nobel gets special attention because the survival of the world depends on peace and harmony. This year's Peace prize is even more significant because it is in recognition of the roles played by three women in mobilising public opinion against gender discrimination and suppression of women. Undoubtedly it will inspire women all over the world, especially those who belong to countries where the suppression of women is very visible.

P.U. Krishnan,


Women have always been a symbol of peace. This year's Peace Noble awardees will enhance the self-esteem of women and will help them win the respect of men.

T . Anand Raj,


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