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Leymah Gbowee MA [Major: Conflict Transformation]

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."

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Nobelist Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nobelist Leymah Gbowee R., Nobelist Tawakkol Karman and Kaci Kullmann Five, Nobel Committee Chairperson as of March 2015. Photo: 2011. Author: Marta B. Haga/Foreign Affairs. Source: Flickr.com

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Left to right: Nobelists Tawakkol Karman, Leymah Gbowee and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 2011. Author: Harry Wad. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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Nobelists Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Press conference for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, December 9. The Norwegian Nobel Institute, Oslo. Author: Erik F. Brand Borg Active In Oslo.no. Source: Flickr.com.

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Leymah Gbowee R. delivers Nobel lecture in Oslo City Hall on December 10, 2011. Author: Marta B. Haga / Foreign Affairs. Source: Flickr.com.

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Nobelists Leymah Gbowee R. and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf received their diplomas from the Nobel Committee Chairperson Thorbjorn Jagland. Author: Marta B. Haga / Foreign Affairs. Source: Flickr.com.

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Leymah Gbowee shares a conversation with Sung-ok Lee, United Methodist Women leader, at the Commission on the Status of Women 2012. Source: Flickr.com.

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Leymah Gbowee shares her message of the role of women in bringing peace at a special screening of 'Women, War & Peace' following the Refugee Run. © Thomas Williams/Crossroads Foundation Ltd. Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Leymah Gbowee with Press Counsellor Emma Kwesiga. For latter, a proud moment as the only African at the Norwegian UN Mission. Where did they meet? In the line queuing for UN passes! Photo: Norway UN Mission/ Sigrun Agøy Engum. Source: Flickr.com

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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, front row center right and First Lady Michelle Obama, front row center left. 2012 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Award Winners at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on March 8, 2012. Back row from left: Melanne Verveer, Leymah Gbowee [back row 2nd from left], Shad Begum, Aneesa Ahmed, Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, Samar Badawi, Tawakkol Karman. Front row: Maryam Durani, Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo, Zin Mar Aung, Michelle Obama, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Jineth Bedoya Lima, Hana El Hebshi, Safak Pavey. Author: U.S. Department of State. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

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UK Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomes Laureate Leymah Gbowee at the high-level event "Preventing Sexual Violence and Gender-based Crimes in Conflict and Securing Justice for Survivors"on 25 September 2012. The event was hosted by the United Kingdom, UN Women/Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, who together called on world leaders for stronger actions to secure justice for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and gender-based crimes. Author: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina. Source: Flickr.com.

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Leymah Gbowee speaks at the high-level event "Preventing Sexual Violence and Gender-based Crimes in Conflict and Securing Justice for Survivors" 25 Sept 2012. Event was hosted by the United Kingdom, UN Women/ Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, who together called on world leaders for stronger actions to secure justice for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and gender-based crimes. Author: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina. Source: Flickr.com

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Leymah Gbowee participates in the high-level event "Preventing Sexual Violence and Gender-based Crimes in Conflict and Securing Justice for Survivors" on 25 September 2012. The event was hosted by the United Kingdom, UN Women/ Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict and the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict, who together called on world leaders for stronger actions to secure justice for survivors of conflict-related sexual violence and gender-based crimes. Author: UN Women/Catianne Tijerina. Source: Flickr. Com.

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Permanent Mission of Namibia Hosts Event on Peace and Security and SR 1325. A scene of the panel at the high level side event, "Enhancing the Contribution of Women to Peace and Security," held during the 69th Session of the General Assembly on September 25, 2014. Panelists, left to right: Leymah Gbowee; Bineta Diop, African Union Special Envoy for Women, Peace and Security; Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka , Executive Director of UN Women; Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Namibia; Erkki Tuomioja, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland; and David Haeri, Director of Policy, Evaluation and Training Division DPKO/DFS. Event was moderated by Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi of Namibia. Author: UN Women/Ryan Brown. Source: Flickr.com.

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Photo: Jon Styer/Eastern Mennonite University/Wikipedia Commons

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
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