Dame Helen hails trio of female Nobel Peace winners

British actress Dame Helen Mirren hailed it “an extraordinary moment” when three women were awarded the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize.

The Queen actress hosted the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway, with American star Rosario Dawson, held in honour of this year’s winners – Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, women’s rights activist Leymah Gbowee, from Liberia, and democracy activist Tawakkul Karman, from Yemen.

Speaking before the event, she said the award marks an “extraordinary moment in the history of women”, but it is “slightly shameful statistically that only 12 women have won it in 112 years, when you think how important women historically have always been, specifically in terms of peace”. She added: “Hopefully in 20-30 years’ time we will be looking at a different scenario.”

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