Peace Worldwide Organization Message from Founder Dr. Alavi on Great Steps by Nobel Committee

I am Dr. Mehdi Alavi, the founder of Peace Worldwide Organization. According to Alfred Nobel's will, the Nobel Peace Prize shall be awarded to the person who has “done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.”  The Norwegian Nobel Committee has come a long way! Just a century ago, the Committee bypassed Bertha von Suttner -- Europe’s great pacifist, who had immense influence on Alfred Nobel’s decision on the Peace Prize -- for about five years before awarding her the Peace Prize 1905, which was the first ever awarded to a woman. In the entire 20th century, the Committee recognized only ten women for the Peace Prize. Now in the 21st century, it has already recognized five women in the last ten years. Congratulations to the Committee for finally fulfilling Nobel’s will by recognizing the best regardless of gender.  On October 7, 2011, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2011 jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Leymah Gbowee from Liberia and Tawakkul Karman from Yemen "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work. We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace in the world unless women obtain the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society.”  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Liberia’s first democratically elected female President. Throughout her life, she has struggled to influence political movements in Liberia, a country often plagued with civil wars and conflicts.  Leymah Gbowee, also a Liberian, has mobilized women across ethnic and religious sectors throughout the country to bring an end to the bloody conflicts in Liberia as well as secure women’s rights.  In the most difficult circumstances, Tawakkul Karman has assumed leadership in the struggle for women’s rights, freedom, and peace in Yemen.  At Peace Worldwide Organization, we are encouraged to see that women are increasingly being acknowledged for their contributions to world peace. May peace be with you! *ALL COMMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO EDITORIAL REVIEW