Leymah Gbowee


Leymah Gbowee born Liberia February 1, 1972. Nonviolent activist; worked to end Liberian civil war through nonviolent means, 2003. Shared Nobel Peace Prize with Tawakkol KarmanEllen Johnson Sirleaf, 2011.


"Where women used to be the silent victims and objects of men's powers, women are throwing down the walls of repressive traditions with the invincible power of non-violence. Women are using their broken bodies from hunger, poverty, desperation and destitution to stare down the barrel of the gun." (Nobel address, Dec. 10, 2011; photo http://bit.ly/pxNnaa)