Nobel Peace Prize Honors for Leymah Gbowee

October 7th, 2011

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The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to three women, including Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Tawakkul Karman of Yemen. All were honored for their “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

When civil war broke out in Liberia in 1990, many assumed it would be over quickly. But as Charles Taylor’s rebels kept going, and ultimately Taylor assumed power, the conflict grew.

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Leymah Gbowee had just graduated from high school in Monrovia when the fighting started. Her plans for a higher education were destroyed by the war, but more alarming to her was how many families were being destroyed. Including hers. Ultimately Gbowee’s bitterness became rage, which became a determination to act. She organized Liberia’s women – Christian and Muslim alike – to force an end to the civil war. Now in her memoir “Mighty Be Their Powers,” Gbowee tells the story of the peace campaign, and her role in it.

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Wangari Maathai “Unbowed”

October 20th, 2006

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Wangari Maathai is a mother of three, a government environmental minister in Kenya, and to many, a hero. In 1977 she launched the Green Belt Movement, to restore Kenya’s forests and provide work for thousands of women.

Her work came with a price. She was jailed several times, had her life threatened, and faced constant harassment. But in 2004 Maathai was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, and now she has a new memoir called “Unbowed.”

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