Nobel Prize 'an inspiration to women'

2011-10-11 13:25

Dear Editor,

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen need to be commended for being jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011.

This Nobel Peace Prize should serve as an inspiration to the millions of battered and abused women who suffer daily abuse perpetrated by their husbands, fathers and other insane men who love to exercise control over women and girls.

The reality is that gender based violence is a universal problem amongst all faiths and communities. Women should not accept or tolerate any form of abuse. Domestic abuse or work related abuse is an act against Almighty God’s commands; it is against humanity and is punishable by law.

There are mechanisms in place across the country, access them and stand up for your human rights.

Don’t be silenced and there is no shame in speaking up and demanding your God given rights.

To my sister in faith Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni journalist, activist and head of the Yemeni Non Governmental Organisation - Women Journalists without Chains - you have brought honour to the Muslim world, especially for the women.

Tawakkul Karman’s hijaab (headscarf) and gender did not stop her from standing up for human rights and justice.

In this age of ignorance, hatred, violence and intolerance against Muslims this peace prize should serve as an eye opener to all the fear mongers and Islamophobes around the globe.

By awarding the peace prize to the three women, the Nobel committee is reinforcing the important role women play in our homes, institutions, organisations, communities, societies and countries.

Abdullah Saeed

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  • Zoolie - 2011-10-11 13:32

    A great step to equal rights, agreed. But please be honest and tell me, do you realy think that those arabs and muslims give a rats a** about woman rights. They will keep them under their thumb till the end of time.

      Dassie - 2011-10-11 22:30

      Congratulations to those ladies - good on you and may you be very successful in reaching all your goals. The N P Prize however, has lost its value when they awarded it to Obama - even before he could do anything about peace. They gave it to Obummer because he is black. The population of Norway and' Sweden was horrified that the Nobel Comittee could award the N P P to Obama. Since Oblahblah came to power, the USA got involved in more wars than under Bush. He is also known to stab friends in the back in the process.

  • Poloyatonki - 2011-10-11 14:10

    Nobel Peace Prize has lost a value in today's life, just look at Tutu.

      Zoolie - 2011-10-11 14:11

      Humankind has become Braindead, just look in the Mirror.

      SimonP - 2011-10-11 14:40

      @poloyatonki, yes lets look at Tutu, a man who speaks his mind, has moral fibre and denounces corrupt governments. Not your sort of bloke is he?

      Loofdellort - 2011-10-11 14:43

      You are a seriously weak troll. It's just too obvious. You need Jesus mother-fker!!

      Lanfear - 2011-10-11 14:53

      Why Poloyatonki? Because Tutu dared to criticise the ANC? He did more to fight against oppression and apartheid than any of your ANC gods currently in power. And Saeed's article makes a good point. The women who were honoured are leaders one can respect and look up to. Especially Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, is a role model and leader any woman or man can strive to emulate.

  • Loofdellort - 2011-10-11 14:40

    The reason you put your name at the end is so that you can enjoy all the head that's coming your way now :) Nice one brother

  • BUGATTI - 2011-10-11 14:43

    Boring. Yawn. Next subject please :(

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