2011 Nobel Peace Laureate
Founder and President of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa
Former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa
"Transforming Conflict through Nonviolent Coalitions"
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Ms. Gbowee joined Dr. Dee Aker for a discussion about her transformation from a 17 year old young woman in a sheltered community to a women’s rights activist in a post-civil war Liberia who, with a coalition of women, brought down Charles Taylor through nonviolent peace processes. Ms. Gbowee also spoke about the potential positive and negative consequences of anger and how to harness that anger in a positive way to maximize collective peacebuilding efforts.
" When I hear the stories of women in Mali, it’s my story. When I hear the stories of women in Sudan, it’s my story. When I hear the stories of women, even here in the U.S., it’s my story. "
- Leymah Gbowee
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She is also co-founder and former executive director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A), as well as a founding member and former Liberia coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP).
Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace — which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 — is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the documentary, "Pray the Devil Back to Hell."
In addition, Gbowee is the Newsweek/Daily Beast's Africa columnist. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Gbowee Peace Foundation USA, Nobel Women’s Initiative and the PeaceJam Foundation, and is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
Gbowee holds an M.A. in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University. She is based in Monrovia, Liberia and is the mother of six.
While at the University of San Diego, Leymah Gbowee also attended the 9th Annual International Women's Day Breakfast, where she spoke about seeking solutions to end the violence against women epidemic.