Leymah Gbowee P’16
Please save the date for this year's Carol Hoffmann Collins Global Scholar–in–Residence lecture.
2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee P’16 will give a talk entitled "Women's Leadership: Ending Wars and Building Peace" at 7pm on October 23. This event is free and open to the public.
Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker, public speaker, and women’s rights advocate. She is founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She also founded the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and is co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A).
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. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, Gbowee Peace Foundation 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 also received a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and the University of Alberta in Canada, and a Doctor Honoris Causa in Specialty Management and Conflict Resolution from Polytechnic University in Mozambique. After receiving the Barnard College Medal of Distinction, she was named a Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice, a Visiting Transnational Fellow at the Center for Research on Women and Fellow in Residence at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College for the 2013/2014 academic year. Gbowee is the proud mother of six children.