We are going to talk about this peace loving woman called Leymah Roberta Gbowee, if you haven’t heard about her, she’s a Liberian peace activist and has done something very important that got the attention of the world and that’s leading women’s peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Mybiohub also found out she didn’t achieve that alone but with the help of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia.
Let’s dig deeper about her, Leymah was born on 1 February 1972 and witnessed the First Liberian Civil War which erupted in 1989 alongside her parents and three sisters. This are her educational qualifications; AA degree in social work, Mother Patern College of Health Sciences, Monrovia, Liberia; MA in conflict transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, Virginia, USA.
2014 Oxfam America Right the Wrong Award
2013 The New York Women’s Foundation Century Award
2013 Barnard College Medal of Distinction
2013 handed an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University
2012 Olympic flag bearer in the 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony
2012 Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa is established
2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate
2011 University of Massachusetts Lowell Greeley Scholar for Peace Studies
2011 Villanova Peace Award from Villanova University
2011 Alumna of the Year, Eastern Mennonite University
2010 Living Legends Award for Service to Humanity
2010 John Jay Medal for Justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice
2010 Joli Humanitarian Award from Riverdale Country School
2009 Gruber Prize for Women’s Rights
2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
2009 “Honor Award for Courageous Commitment for Human Rights of Women” by the Filmfestival Women’s Worlds, TERRE DES FEMMES, Germany.
2008 Women’s eNews Leaders for the 21st Century Award
2007 Blue Ribbon for Peace from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University