A UMNS Report by Kathy L. Gilbert
United Methodist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their work on women’s rights. Johnson Sirleaf, a member of First United Methodist Church, Monrovia, Liberia, in 2006 was the first woman to be elected a head of state in modern Africa. She is up for re-election this month. Bishop John Innis, who leads Liberia’s 170,000 United Methodists, has urged support for Johnson Sirleaf from the first days of her presidency.
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