Leymah Gbowee

b. 19 February 1972

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In 2011, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee received the Nobel Peace Prize for her non-violent struggle for the rights and the safety of women. Her peace work began with local women praying and singing in a fish market, and led to thousands of women gathering in daily non-violent demonstrations and the formation of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace. Their peaceful protest helped bring an end to 14 years of civil war. Leymah’s example continues to inspire women all over the world; no matter how different the country and the society, women are learning that strength comes not just with guns, but from working together.

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Want to know more? Of course you do.

You can read an extended bio of Leymah at the Nobel Women's Initiative.

And then watch this interview with her,  in which she talks about Liberia and the women's peace movement that she spearheaded there.