Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. congratulated Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on the announcement of her receipt of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
"President Johnson Sirleaf is a testament to the great and untapped strength of women leaders throughout all African nations. She has been consistently dedicated to the advancement of her people in civil and human rights, helping them to transition from post-conflict devastation to one of the fastest growing Sub-Saharan states."
"I have had the honor and privilege of working with President Johnson Sirleaf to assist Liberia's transformation from civil war to peace and stability by securing resources for Liberia's security forces and infrastructure. On May 9, 2006, I introduced President Johnson Sirleaf at the DuSable Museum on Chicago's South Side, where she spoke about her experience as the first woman in history elected to lead an African nation. On that day I said, 'President Johnson Sirleaf is a true trail-blazer, risk-taker, and ceiling-breaker. Her life and election re-define the parameters of the possible and the solemnity of service.'"
In addition to President Johnson Sirleaf, the Norwegian Nobel Committee honored Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, and pro-democracy campaigner Tawakkol Karman of Yemen, with the 2011 prize for their work on women's rights.