Nobel Peace Prize 2011
Nobel Co-recipients Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tawakkol Karman
Liberian peace activist, social worker, women's rights advocate. Brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia's civil war. Founder, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.
"Went from being an angry, broke, virtually homeless, 25-year-old mother to listening to the voice of God."
Leymah Gbowee is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She was the founding head of the Liberian Reconciliation Initiative and the co-Founder and Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberia Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP).
Name: Laymah Roberta Jbowee
Birth: 1 February 1972, Monrovia, Liberia
Residence when prize awarded: Liberia
Award: "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work"
Subject:Peace movement, Women's rights
Portion of cash: 1/3