Reflections of New Minnesotans: Celebrating this year’s Female Nobel Peace Laureates

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Its wonderful to see the Nobel Peace Prize committee acknowledge the work of women during conflict. This year’s laureates were Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, a pro-democracy campaigner. It is a victory in many ways: only one other African woman, the late Wangari Maathai have received this international recognition, and Karman is the first Arab and second Muslim woman to win a Nobel prize. But, most importantly, when discussing women are almost always portrayed as hapless victims, and these women tell a different complicated narrative on negotiating peace. The committee in announcing this year’s laureates said that they were recognizing the women for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Doris Parker, who runs the Minnesota-based organization Liberian Women’s Initiative, called into the studio to reflect on what this recognition means to her work and that of other women around the world. [Audio below]