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Leymah Gbowee

2014 Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar-in-Residence

October 22-23, 2014


Leymah Gbowee

  • Liberian peace activist, social worker and women's rights advocate.
  • 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia's devastating, 14-year civil war in 2003.
  • Madame Gbowee's story is told in the 2008 documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell and her 2011 memoir Mighty Be Our Powers.
  • Co-founder of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A), 2006, a women-focused, women-led pan-African nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting women's strategic participation and leadership in peace and security governance on the continent.
  • Founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (2012).
  • Member of the board of directors of the Nobel Women's Initiative and the Peacejam Foundation.
  • Member of the African Women leaders Network for Reproductive Health and Family Planning.
  • Fellow-in-Residence, Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Barnard College.
  • M.A. in Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University.