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Gbowee "overwhelmed" by Peace Prize

Friday, October 07, 2011 - 01:38

Oct. 7 - Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee said she was ''overwhelmed'' by wining the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to end the Liberian war and improve women's lives. Deborah Lutterbeck reports

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Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee is credited by some with helping end 14 years of civil war in Liberia -- a war that ended in 2003 after claiming more than 200,000 lives. She spoke about the prize with Reuters TV in New York. SOUNDBITE: Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, saying: (English): "How do I feel? I'm numb, it's fuzzy, I'm overwhelmed and all I keep hearing in my head is a song of praise to God." The Thirty-nine-year-old Gbowee, who promoted a "sex strike" among efforts to end Liberia's civil war, shared the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, and Yemen's Tawakul Karman. SOUNDBITE: Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, saying: (English): "With or without the prize I would have continued. So this is just re-energize me, giving me a larger platform. This is a huge opportunity that I'm going to maximize to the fullest, getting women's voices to the table. I can say now that my work will not be restricted to a region of the world. It should not be, it has never been, it will just continue to be something that I'll be talking about. The rights of women continuously. This is my life." She was awarded the prize for her non violent struggle for the safety of women and women's rights. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters.

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Gbowee "overwhelmed" by Peace Prize

Friday, October 07, 2011 - 01:38