The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winners were named Friday: Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian activist and author Leymah Gbowee


Leymah Gbowee

Yemeni Tawakul Karman smiles as she talks on a mobile phone after it was announced that she won the Nobel Peace Prize, in Tagheer Square in Sanaa on Friday. Karman said the award was a victory for Yemen's democracy activists and they would not give up until they had won full rights in a "democratic, modern Yemen".


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first elected female head of state in Africa.


Tawakkul Karman

Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee is a mother of five.