Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Leymah Gbowee: An Interview With the 2011 Nobel Prize Winner

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Leymah Roberta Gbowee was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, Oct. 7. She is an African peace activist responsible for organizing a women's movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. This led to the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf in Liberia, the first African nation with a female president.

In 2001, Gbowee began organizing the women of Liberia and by 2002, the women joined together in an effort to stop the civil war which was tearing Liberia apart. Under Gbowee's leadership, they stood up to the violence and to the government.

She just released a new book called "Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War."

Thanks to Odyssey Networks for this fine video.

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