ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA SORORITY SALUTES MEMBER ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF ON WINNING THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority extended accolades and congratulations to Liberian President -- and Alpha Kappa Alpha member -- Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, on being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. Hailing the award as “a recognition of global proportions,” Alpha Kappa Alpha's international president Carolyn House Stewart, declared that the honor underscores Johnson Sirleaf's success in championing women's rights and human rights.
Stewart said the Sorority's 260,000 members in 958 chapters worldwide are bursting with pride that a member was presented this honor. She said that Johnson Sirleaf's accomplishments embody Alpha Kappa Alpha's theme: “Global Leadership Through Timeless Service.”
The Sorority's international president declared that the award represents a bold international endorsement of the courageous leadership she has exhibited. Stewart reflected that when Sirleaf Johnson assumed the presidency of Liberia as the first woman to lead an Africa nation, she was faced with nearly-insurmountable barriers to hurdle.
“Liberia was ravaged by war, women were being suppressed and the economic outlook was bleak when she became president. However, with a capacity to lead, a reservoir of hope and an unmatched love for her native Liberia, she set to restore peace and liberate women," Stewart assessed.
"Key to her success," added Stewart, "is her indomitable faith in Liberia and its people. That devotion resulted in her instituting a series of reforms and putting the country on a path toward vitality. The ultimate show of support for her efforts is the climactic presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize.”
Alpha Kappa Alpha, noted Stewart, has been a strong ally of Johnson Sirleaf. During its international conference in St. Louis in 2010, the Sorority personally presented her with a $500,000 donation that was targeted toward the construction of a marketplace where women could earn a living. By regaining their capacity to support their families after losing their husbands to years of war and strife, the marketplaces provide them with a source of economic hope, empowerment and inspiration.
Stewart said that Johnson Sirleaf 's commitment to service mirrors Alpha Kappa Alpha's mission, which is “service to all mankind.”
“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s passion for service represents the underpinnings upon which Alpha Kappa Alpha was founded 103 years ago,” declared Stewart. “We are so proud that her devotion to these ideals has led to her receiving this highest of high honors.”
Stewart added that the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize was the late Wangari Maathai, who was also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Stewart also congratulated the co-awardees: Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkul Karman for their landmark efforts in bringing peace to the world and liberation to women.”