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Leymah Gbowee

Executive Director of Women, Peace and Security Program at AC4, Earth Institute

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2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and

women's rights advocate. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University

and is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, the founding head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, as well as co-founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberian Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace and security.

Ms. 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. Ms. Gbowee holds an M.A. in Conflict
Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a Doctor of Laws
(LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and the University of Alberta in

Ms. Gbowee advises numerous organizations working for peace, women’s rights, youth, and
sustainable development, and has held distinguished fellowships at Barnard College and Union
Theologi­cal Seminary. In 2016, Ms. Gbowee was awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement
Prize (LAAP) for Peace in Africa by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. Ms. Gbowee serves
as a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for the United Nations and as a Member of the
World Refugee Council. In 2017, Ms. Gbowee was selected by the United Nations Secretary
General to serve as a Member of United Nations Secretary-General’s High Level Advisory


Earth Institute: New Columbia Program Led by Leymah Gbowee Helps To Define Women's Roles in Peace and Security

Professional Website

Barnard College: Barnard Welcomes Nobel Laureate Leymah Gbowee as Distinguished Fellow in Social Justice



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