Following the announcement of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners, Foreign Secretary William Hague said:
“I welcome today’s historic announcement that the Nobel Peace Prize has been jointly awarded to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman. I send my warmest congratulations to all three of these remarkable women on their achievement. They have been tireless advocates for peace and have unstintingly promoted the safety of women and women’s rights through non-violent struggle. The values of democracy and freedom demand equality for all. These three women are a clear example of what can be done to change the world for the better.
“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has contributed to securing peace in Liberia, promoting economic and social development, and strengthening the position of women. Leymah Gbowee has organised women across ethnic and religious divides, bringing an end to the long war in Liberia. She has been instrumental in ensuring women’s participation in elections. Tawakkul Karman has played a leading part in the struggle for women’s rights and for democracy and peace in Yemen. These are actions that we should all commend.”