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About Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee is a Nobel Peace Laureate and women's rights and peace activist from Liberia. Leymah founded Women in Peacebuilding Program/ West African Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). In 2009 the John F Kennedy Profile in Courage Award was given to Leymah, together with the women of Liberia, for their role in the peace process in Liberia.  She also worked as a Commissioner Designate for Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission from February 2004 to October 2005. the Executive Director of the said company.

She is the central character of a documentary film entitled "Pray the Devil Back to Hell".  Ms. Gbowee holds a MA in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University and is a mother of five.

 

Articles by Leymah Gbowee

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Leymah Gbowee: five words for the men of Libya

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee was recently invited to Tripoli to deliver a speech on the role of women in transforming conflict and leading reconciliation in Libya. When she saw who was in the audience, she changed her prepared speech...

Child soldiers, child wives: wounded for life

Working with ex-child soldiers of Charles Taylor's army, and the girls they have taken as wives, has convinced Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee that the abuse women suffer during conflict is a reflection of the interaction between men and women, boys and girls, during peace time.

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