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Four people have been sentenced to one year in prison for obstructing the convoy of President Yaya Jammeh of the Gambia, Foraya news website has reported.
Liberian police have arrested and detained three persons, after they burnt Norway’s flag and stormed the European Union headquarters in Monrovia, protesting against the awardiing of the Nobel Peace Prize to President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is today, Saturday receiving the Nobel Peace Prize along with Liberian woman peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen.
On the eve of the award ceremony, Johnson-Sirleaf said she was dedicating the prize to women of Liberia and Africa.
Liberia and Senegal have pledged to reform their laws so that women can confer citizenship on their children.
The West African nations made the pledge Thursday at a ministerial meeting in Geneva marking the 50th anniversary of the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.
As the 16 days of activism against gender based violence continues, men and women have been highlighting the need to stop abuse and violence against women and girls in Africa.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says violence or “the mere threat of it, is one of the most significant barriers to women’s full equality.”
The Secretary General said this violence “is predominantly inflicted by men.”
The Young Women Christians Association (YWCA) in Sierra Leone has called for a world where there is sustained peace and democratic values can thrive under women’s leadership.
The State of the World Population released by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) indicates that Liberia remains among countries with the highest maternal mortality rates, with 990 deaths from every hundred thousand live births.
By William Selmah/WADR CORRESPONDENT
One of the Co-Winners of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize Leymah Gbowee has dedicated her laurel to the women of Liberia in particular and Africa in general.
Speaking in tears Sunday on arrival at the country’s international airport, Ms. Gbowee said the award was something she least expected in her life. “It came as a total shock to me”, she admitted as she addressed a news conference in the Airport’s lounge shortly upon arrival.
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011 to Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, and Yemeni democracy activist Tawakkul Karman.
It said the award was in recognition of "their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work"