Leymah Gwobee

Activist & Author

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee was awarded the Nobel Prize for her leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, bringing together Christians and Muslims in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending her country's brutal, 14-year civil war. Her activism at home soon broadened when she co-founded Women Peace and Security Network Africa, which builds relationships across the West African subregion in support of women's capacity to prevent, avert, and end conflicts. In 2012, she launched the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, dedicated to providing educational and leadership development opportunities for women, girls and youth. Gbowee also serves as a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning, and on the boards of the Nobel Women's Initiative, Federation of Liberian Youth, and the PeaceJam Foundation. Gbowee's story of empowerment, chronicled in her memoir Mighty Be Our Power and the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, continues to inspire untold numbers of people around the world.