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Leymah Roberta Gbowee, Peace Activist

UMass Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
"Days Without Violence" - Featured Speaker
Co-Recipient of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize
April 4, 2011

Leymah Roberta Gbowee is an African peace activist who organized a peace movement that helped end the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Gbowee organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, bringing together Christian and Muslim women to pray and sing for peace, and eventually forcing national leaders to create a peace process. Gbowee is now the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa in Ghana. In 2007, the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's JFK School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award, and in 2009, she and the women of Liberia were awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by the Kennedy Library Foundation. She is the central character of the award winning documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell."