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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee

Reiny Cohen
10/20/2011 at 8:00 p.m.

Growing up in Africa, Leymah Gbowee was broken by a savage civil war — until her bitterness turned to action with the realization that women are often the silent sufferers in prolonged conflicts. Gbowee was instrumental in galvanizing women across Liberia in 2003 to force peace in the region. She organized Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding the Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests — even a sex strike. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

Leymah Gbowee spoke at Town Hall Seattle on October 4, 2011 about her memoir "Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, And Sex Changed A Nation At War." It chronicles the violence she's faced, the peace she has helped broker and her continuing journey to harness the power of women.


Leymah Gbowee is a peace activist, social worker and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.

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