In the News: Nobel Peace Prize

The 2011 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize have now been announced! Learn about the three new Nobel Laureates, and the ongoing efforts of past Laureates and others around the world dedicated to the cause of peace.

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NEW! Nobel Peace Prize 2011

This year’s prize has been split between three women “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current president of Liberia; Leymah Gbowee, organizer of Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace and Women in Peacebuilding Network, which helped end the Liberian civil war; and Tawakkul Karman, Yemeni journalist, human rights activist, and co-founder of Women Journalists Without Chains.

NEW! Nobel Women’s Initiative

In 2006, six female Nobel Peace Laureates founded this organization to support struggles for peace and women’s rights around the world.

NEW! PeaceJam

Twelve Laureates inspire youth to become leaders working for peace, human rights, and health and sustenance for all. To date, over 600,000 young people have created nearly one million projects to help their communities with PeaceJam’s help.

NEW! The Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation

Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Laureate 1984) reaches out to young people with his own foundation as well as with PeaceJam, educating and engaging them in peace efforts and publicizing notable, effective projects.

NEW! Rigoberta Menchú Tum Foundation

Rigoberta Menchú created this foundation after winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 to defend human rights, strengthen impoverished rural communities, and promote education, with a special focus on the needs of indigenous peoples.

M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence (find it on ipl2:

Although he never won the Nobel Peace Prize (despite being nominated five times), Mahatma Gandhi is one of the century’s best-known advocates of non-violence. This foundation, started by Gandhi’s grandson, works to educate people about non-violent conflict resolution, restorative justice, and sustainable living.

NEW! CeaseFire

Not all organizations promoting peace have won or been nominated for a Nobel – at least, not yet! CeaseFire, founded in Chicago and since expanded to other cities, works to stop gun violence.

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