Campus Updates

Please visit the Campus Updates page for information on Mount Holyoke’s response to the global pandemic. The Opening the Gates website contains the plan for the fall semester. FAQs are being updated regularly.

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.