Women’s History Month: Women of Substance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Women’s History Month: Women of Substance 

By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

‘If your dreams don’t scare you then you are not dreaming big enough,’ says Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the class of 2011 at Harvard. Little did she know that in 2014 her country would have needed all her leadership skills to combat Ebola.

If all goes well Liberia will be declared free from Ebola in Aril 2015. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gwobee and Tawakkol Karman. These three women won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. They are in the forefront in the fi ght for truth, justice and equality in their respective countries. Ellen and Lemyah are from Liberia while Tawakkol is from Yemen. It is the first time in the history of the Nobel Prize Committee that three women have had this honor conferred on them in a single year. 

The first woman who won a Nobel Peace Prize from Africa was Wangari Maathai of Kenya. In awarding the 2011 Peace Prize the head of the Norwegian Nobel Committee said that, “We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to infl uence developments at all levels of society.” Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson is the President of Liberia. In response to the statement she said she did not want Africa to return to the ‘men’s club’ and that she hopes to see the day when more women would be in power in Africa.

It is widely recognized in the international community the President Sirleaf-Johnson has been able to restore Liberia’s credibility through hard work and diplomacy. When she took over as President Liberia was torn by internal strife and the country was overrun by warlords and there was anarchy. It was in 1980 that an army offi cer Master Sargeant Samuel K. Doe seized power in Liberia. This set the sstage for years of civil unrest.  [Read more: Women of Substance – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine  ]

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/21/2015 at 1:02 pm

    Thanks for another uplifting article, Dr. Narine.

    “We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.”
    ~ Head of Norwegian Nobel Committee in 2011, as quoted in the article.

  • dhanpaul narine  On 03/26/2015 at 8:26 am

    Thanks Rosaliene. There is trouble in Yemen with the Saudis sending troops there and Tawakkol’s voice is needed to help restore calm. As far as Liberia is concerned let’s hope that the scourge of Ebola will be defeated from that country and indeed worldwide. More power to women!

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