Leymah Gbowee

Activist Type
Children's Rights, Human Rights

Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian social worker and peace activist, gained international recognition when she, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for their non-violent struggle to promote women's safety and participation in peace-building efforts. Born in central Liberia in 1972, Gbowee's life was disrupted by the First Liberian Civil War, leading her to become a trauma counselor for former child soldiers. She is renowned for her pivotal role in ending the Second Liberian Civil War through a non-violent movement that united Christian and Muslim women to demand peace talks. This led to the election of Africa's first female head of state, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Gbowee later founded the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, focusing on girls' and women's education and leadership in Liberia and West Africa. She has received honorary degrees, contributed to various platforms, and continues to champion women's vital role in peace efforts.

Artwork by
Hanjoon Kim

Masks among the Liberian people are often used to represent a connection between the living and the spirit world. Leymah Gbowee’s unwavering conviction and determined spirit are undeniably linked to her compassion for the Liberian people and her efforts for peace.

Liberia

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Population
5.193 million
Capital
Monrovia
GDP (PPP)
$4,123
Founded
January 7, 1822
Total Area
111,369 km2
Demonym
Liberian
Government
Unitary presidential republic
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