Global Issues

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf wins the Nobel Peace Prize! Watch her video from TEDWomen

This morning, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president of Liberia, was named one of three winners of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, in honor of her work promoting nonviolent change. Her co-awardees are peace activist Leymah Gbowee, also of Liberia, and Tawakul Karman, who works for democracy in Yemen.

Just before last year’s TEDWomen conference, co-host Pat Mitchell sat down with Sirleaf for an intimate Q&A. In this 3-minute video, she talks about some of the leadership challenges a woman faces — and her unofficial sobriquet: Liberia’s “Iron Lady” …

Watch Pat Mitchell’s full 22-minute interview with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, from the Paley Center for Media‘s website.

(Pat Mitchell will be hosting this year’s TEDxWomen, a one-day event on Dec. 1, at the Paley Centers for Media in New York and LA — and streaming live to TEDx events around the globe.)