Nobel Peace Prize 2011
This year’s Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Yemen’s human rights activist Tawakkul Karman “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work”, according to a release from the prize committee.
It is the first time the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women. The Prize is granted by a committee of five persons who are chosen by the Norwegian Storting (Parliament of Norway). “Alfred Nobel himself never told anybody why he didn’t give a Swedish body the task of awarding the Peace Prize,” according to the Nobel website.
The Nobel Peace Prize festivities started on Saturday, December 10th (Alfred Nobel’s day of death) with the ‘Save the Children Peace Prize Party’ at the Nobel Peace Center. 200 children were invited to meet the laureates. Crown Princess Mette-Marit attended the event as well. Afterwards, King Harald granted the laureates audience in the Royal Palace.
In the afternoon, the Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony took place in the Oslo Town Hall. The Royal Couple and the Crown Prince Couple were present during the ceremony, as well as during the traditional official banquet, which was held in honor of the laureates at the Grand Hotel in Oslo in the evening.
The festivities ended with the annual Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo Spektrum on December 11th, which the Crown Prince Couple and Princess Märtha Louise with Ari Behn attended. The British actress Dame Helen Mirren and US actress Rosario Dawson hosted the concert together. Artists from all over the world attended the concert to help spread the message of peace and to celebrate this year’s Nobel Peace Prize laureates.
More information about the Nobel Peace Prize can be found here.Filed under Norwegian Royals
Tagged Ari Behn, Awards, Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Princess Mette-Marit, Harald V, Humanitarian Efforts, Liberia, Nobel Prize, President Johnson Sirleaf, Princess Märtha Louise, Queen Sonja, Women's Rights.