International Women’s Day Spotlight – Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee is Founder and President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. Gbowee is a peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate who won the Nobel Peace Prize in...

Leymah Gbowee is Founder and President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. Gbowee is a peace activist, trained social worker, and women’s rights advocate who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011. Since 1989 civil wars had ravaged Liberia. Leymah Gbowee brought together women from different ethnic and religious groups to put pressure on warring factions during the peace-talk process. This played a decisive role in ending the war and she was awarded a Nobel Prize.

Her leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and the documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is an Oxfam Global Ambassador and winner of the 2014 Right the Wrong Award.

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