12/12/2011 11:53 am ET

Global Events Celebrate Success Of Women Nobel Prize Laureates

This Nobel Peace Prize weekend, Oslo's Grand Hotel is filled to the gills with international guests, including an especially robust crowd from Liberia and Yemen. Women in eye-popping African prints pose for pictures taken by their sisters or husbands. Meanwhile, little ones take advantage of their mothers' distraction to run up and down the red-carpeted stairwells. All the while, moving gracefully through the happy bedlam are young women with faces beautifully framed by tight scarves.

To someone who often watches the world through a camera lens, this has been a feast of eye candy. But as I've moved along with the crowd around the three women laureates (Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee, and Tawakkul Karman) through a packed stack of events, I'm energized by knowing that there are thousands more women around the world who are celebrating.

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