It is about time that the work of women on the ground for peace is recognized and what a big way with a big fat cheque as well. Peace work is the natural work of women who tirelessly pick up the pieces after men have slaughtered their families in the quest for power. Yes, women see the big picture that men sometimes do not see blinded by their egos and their need to win. Women have quietly tended the sick, the dying and the destitute through tears, anguish and fears. The work must be done. Like soldiers for peace they put their own lives at risk for others. They speak out, they advocate, they comfort. They are the voice of reason, the voice of compromise for peace sake and for their principled non-violence.
These women and thousands more deserve recognition but they are often forgotten. Congratulations to the Nobel Prize foundation for having the courage to recognize these women.
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded jointly to three women – Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen.