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Nobel Prize 'an inspiration to women'

13 October 2011, 13:21 Abdullah Saeed

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberian Leymah Gbowee and Tawakul Karman of Yemen need to be commended for being jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011.

This Nobel Peace Prize should serve as an inspiration to the millions of battered and abused women who suffer daily abuse perpetrated by their husbands, fathers and other insane men who love to exercise control over women and girls.

The reality is that gender based violence is a universal problem amongst all faiths and communities. Women should not accept or tolerate any form of abuse. Domestic abuse or work related abuse is an act against Almighty God’s commands; it is against humanity and is punishable by law.

There are mechanisms in place across the country, access them and stand up for your human rights.

Don’t be silenced and there is no shame in speaking up and demanding your God given rights.

To my sister in faith Tawakkul Karman, a Yemeni journalist, activist and head of the Yemeni Non Governmental Organisation - Women Journalists without Chains - you have brought honour to the Muslim world, especially for the women.

Tawakkul Karman’s hijaab (headscarf) and gender did not stop her from standing up for human rights and justice.

In this age of ignorance, hatred, violence and intolerance against Muslims this peace prize should serve as an eye opener to all the fear mongers and Islamophobes around the globe.

By awarding the peace prize to the three women, the Nobel committee is reinforcing the important role women play in our homes, institutions, organisations, communities, societies and countries.

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