Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 along with Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Tawakkol Karmen for their “non-violent” struggle of women’s rights. The women’s peace movement helped the second Liberian Civil War in 2003.
Gbowee is the founder and president of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa based in Liberia. It provided educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women, and youth in West Africa.
After she witnessed the effects of war on Liberians she decided to be a trauma councilor to help child soldiers.
When a second Civil War started in 1999 Gbowee got together an interreligious coalition of Christian and Muslim women and organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement. She co-founded the Women Peace and Security Network Africa.
Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize she travels all across the world to speak about the damaging and devastating effects of war and gender-based violence and also advocating for women’s high level inclusion in conflict-resolution.
Leymah Gbowee is most recognized for her leadership