Leymah Gbowee

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, head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and Co-Founder and Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also 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 she is a member of the African Women Leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning. She holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA). She is based in Monrovia, Liberia and is the mother of six.

Read more about this Network member:

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee: Liberia is Progressing, but Still Divided
By Clair MacDougall, The Christian Science Monitor
October 31, 2011

Leymah Gbowee on Life After the Nobel
October 18, 2011

Liberia’s Leymah Gbowee: The Power of the Powerless
By Carol Mithers, Los Angeles Times
October 9, 2011

Tawakkul Karman, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee win Nobel Peace Prize
By Michael Birnbaum, Sudarsan Raghavan and Debbi Wilgoren
October 7, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Three Activist Women
By Alan Cowell, New York Times
October 7, 2011

Nobel Peace Prize highlights role of women in achieving peace, democracy
By Valeria Criscione, Christian Science Monitor
October 7, 2011

Three Named as ‘Profile in Courage Award’ Recipients
Boston Globe
March 25, 2009

A Crazy Dream
By Bob Herbert, New York Times
January 31, 2009

President Sirleaf Today Launched the 1st Peace Girls Leadership Dialogue of Wipsen At the Monrovia City Hall”
June 12, 2008

Women Waging Peace Network member Leymah Gbowee chosen as one of Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century
Seven Who Topple Tyrannies
By Sarah Seltzer, Women’s eNews
December 24, 2007

Last Updated: May 2012