Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Liberian President on 12 September 2013 was conferred with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development 2012 by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at a function orgainsed in Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Sirleaf aged 74 was conferred with the award for being an inspiration to women and ensuring return of peace and democracy in her country, Liberia. The award was conferred on Sirleaf during her four day visit to India, from 9-12 September 2013.
Ela Ramesh Bhatt, a renowned Women social worker was the winner of the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development Award 2011 and in the year 2010 it was given to Lula de Silva.
About Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
• Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first democratically elected women head of Liberia (an African nation) and this is her second term in the office of President in Liberia.
• She is the 24th President of Liberia
• She served as the Finance Minister under President William Tolbert from 1979 and her tenure ended as the finance minister in 1980 after the coup
• She won the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for securing peace in Liberia and promoting economic and social development, and to strengthening the position of women. She received the Nobel Prize jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia and Tawakel Karman of Yemen.
Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development
The Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development was instituted in the name of former Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi. It celebrates the values that she stood and fought for in the service of our nation and its people. The award is conferred upon the person or an organisation irrespective of race, religion, nationality or other aspects. It consists of award worth 2.5 million Rupees as well as trophy alongwith citation.
Where: New Delhi
When: 12 September 2013