March 8 is International Women’s Day. It celebrates the social, economical and political achievements of women worldwide. It’s also a reminder for society to continue to strive for women’s equality. The first International Women’s day (IWD) took place in 1911 with one million supporters. Many of the female Nobel Peace Prize recipients have been recognized for their efforts towards greater gender equality. Let’s look at the values of IWD and honour women who contribute to a peaceful, happier world.
The following is a list of the ten women who were recently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. What a great way to recognize International Women’s Day!
2019 – Esther Duflo
“Her approach to alleviating global poverty won her the award. She is the youngest and second female to win a Nobel Prize in Economics”
“For their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict”
“For their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”
2011 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkoi Karman
“For their non-violent struggle for the the safety of women and women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”
2004 – Wangari Muta Maathai
“For her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace”
2003 – Shirin Ebadi
“ For her efforts for democracy and human rights. She has focused on the rights of women and children”
1997 – Jody Williams
“For their work for banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines”
1992 – Rigoberta Menchu Tum
“In recognition of her work for social justice and ethno-cultural reconciliation based on respect for the rights of indigenous peoples”
1991- Aung San Suu Kyi
“For her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights”
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