Woman Rights & Feminism
Leymah Roberta Gbowee (born 1 February 1972) is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf , helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. This made Liberia the first African nation to have a female president . [ 1 ] She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman , were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work." [ 2 ] An article on Gbowee in O: The Oprah Magazine painted this backdrop:
Leymah Gbowee appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on November 14, 2011. In this unedited, extended interview, Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee discusses leading the women's peace movement that ended Liberia's second civil war. Pray the Devil Back to Hell had its U.S broadcast premiere on Oct 18th as Episode 2 of the groundbreaking special series Women, War & Peace on PBS. Below are two previews of Women, War & Peace : first a two-minute trailer, then a 16-minute highlight reel. Please enjoy and share — both are freely embeddable! Visit the PBS Video page to watch shorts, previews, and full episodes!
Leymah Gbowee’s Nobel Lecture Watch a video of her speech by clicking here Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses, Excellencies, Distinguished Members of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Global Leaders, Women of Liberia, Women of Africa and Women of the world. This is the day the Lord has made and I and my sisters globally will rejoice and be glad in it. Today marks a very historic day as the Nobel Peace Prize is being awarded to me, Tawakul, and my own President and Mother, Mrs. Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in honor of all women globally. I am humbled and honored to have been selected by members of the committee and I receive the Prize in the name of women who continue to work for peace, equality and justice across the World.
Watch the full episode: Pray the Devil Back to Hell is the astonishing story of the Liberian women who took on the warlords and regime of dictator Charles Taylor in the midst of a brutal civil war, and won a once unimaginable peace for their shattered country in 2003. As the rebel noose tightened around the capital city of Monrovia, thousands of women – ordinary mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim – formed a thin but unshakeable line between the opposing forces. Armed only with white T-shirts and the courage of their convictions, they literally faced down the killers who had turned Liberia into hell on earth.