Leymah Gbowee

(Leymah Roberta Gbowee)

Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee
  • Born: February 1, 1972
  • Nationality: Liberian
  • Profession: Peace Activist

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Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's nonviolent peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

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At 17, the first time I saw a dead body, I froze. By 31 it was a natural occurrence for me, and no group of people should live like that. Time
I always tell people, anger is like liquid. It's fluid, it's like water. You put it in a container and it takes the shape of that container. So many people you see in prison, unleashing war on their people, they are angry, and they take their anger and put it into a violent container. War & Peace
I have come to one conclusion: All that I am, all that I aspire to be, all that I was before, is by the grace of God. There are so many women in Africa, and outside Africa, who are more intelligent than I am. Women ;Religion & God
If you are serving justice to one person, those who have been affected should also be served some form of justice.
I'm a serious optimist. I come from a country where you have little to be hopeful for, and so you have to always be an optimist.
I'm now on a journey to fulfill the wish, in my tiny capacity, of little African girls.
Leadership is standing with your people. People say you have to live to fight another day, but sometimes you have to show you are a true leader. Leaders & Leadership
The one thing I have never been afraid of is standing before important people and speaking my mind. I represent women who may never have the opportunity to go to the UN or meet with a president. I'm never afraid to speak truth to power. Truth ;Women ;Power
There is something in this world that every individual can do. God has created all of us with something unique to contribute. Religion & God

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