2014 – Malala Yousafzai

2014 – Malala Yousafzai

On the afternoon of 9 October 2012, Malala Yousafzai boarded the bus to take her to school in the northwest Pakistani district of Swat. She had been blogging for the BBC on her life under the Taliban, and the necessity of educating girls. A gunman asked for her by...
2014 – Kailash Satyarthi

2014 – Kailash Satyarthi

Indian children right’s activist Kailash Satyarthi is the second person from India, after Mother Theresa, to win the Nobel Peace Prize. In 1980 he gave up a teaching career to found the Bachpan Bachao Andolan (Save the Children Mission) and has acted to protect...
2011 – Tawakkol Karman

2011 – Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman is a Yemeni journalist, politician and senior member of the of the Al-Islah political party in Yemen.  She leads the group “Women Journalists Without Chains,” which she co-founded in 2005. She became the international public face of the...
2011 – Leymah Gbowee

2011 – Leymah Gbowee

The Liberian civil waressentially lasted from 1989 to 2003 with only brief interruptions,  the result of economic inequality, a struggle to control natural resources, and deep-rooted rivalries among various ethnic groups, including the descendants of the freed...
2011 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

2011 – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. Educated in the US including a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard, in 1979 she was the first female to hold a ministerial position in Liberia. She was elected to the...
2010 — Liu Xiabo, Chinese human rights activist

2010 — Liu Xiabo, Chinese human rights activist

The Nobel Peace Prize for 2010 was awarded to Liu Xiaobo, currently a prisoner of conscience in China, for “his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China.” In making the award, the Nobel Committee stated that they have “long...
2009- Barrack Obama, President of the United States

2009- Barrack Obama, President of the United States

Barack H. Obama, the 44th President of the United States, had been in power for less than eight months when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2009. Among the reasons it gave, the Nobel Committee lauded Obama for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen...
2008 – Martti Ahtisaari, international diplomat

2008 – Martti Ahtisaari, international diplomat

After a distinguished career with the United Nations and the Finnish Foreign Ministry, Martti Ahtisaari was elected President of the Republic of Finland in 1994. Throughout his career he has been actively involved in conflict resolution, state building and mediation....