Leymah Gbowee

Mighty Be Our Powers

Leymah Gbowee

Talk: Mighty Be Our Powers

Leymah Gbowee was only 17 when the Second Liberian Civil War erupted. As a young mother trapped in a nightmare of domestic abuse, she found the courage to turn her bitterness into action, realizing that it is women who suffer most during conflicts—and that the power of women working together can create an unstoppable force. Working as a social worker and trauma counselor during the war, she organized the Women of Liberian Mass Action for Peace, a multicultural and multi-religious group who prayed for peace, held nonviolent protests including a sex strike, and brought forth a promise from President Charles Taylor to attend peace talks in Ghana. This group was crucial in bringing an end to the civil war in 2003.

Leymah Gbowee

is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a journey from hopelessness to empowerment that will touch all who dream of a better world.

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