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Women Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Pick Up Prize In Oslo

Former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was one of three joint winners of this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
The three women who shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize are have picked up their awards at a ceremony in Oslo on December 10.

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman each received a gold medal, a diploma and a third of the 10 million Swedish kronor ($1.48 million) prize money.

According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee President Thorbjoern Jagland the award had been given to the women in recognition of "their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights."

At the award ceremony, Jagland was quoted by the BBC as saying that the three women "represent one of the most important motive forces for change in today's world, the struggle for human rights in general and the struggle of women for equality and peace in particular,"

At a separate ceremony in Stockholm, the winners of the Nobel Prizes for Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, Literature and Economics were also due to receive their prizes.

compiled from agency reports

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