One evening, I was clicking through the tv channels when I came across a documentary on PBS titled Pray The Devil Back To Hell. The documentary focused on the peace activism of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee. Liberia had endured over fourteen years of civil war. Along with other women, Leymah Gbowee marshalled resources to ensure that the fighting stopped ending the war.
Reasons I Admire Miss Gbowee
- Leymah Gbowee launched an antiwar movement which involved Christian and Muslim women.
- Because of their daring efforts, Liberia and Africa had its first female President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
- Women felt empowered to speak up and demand peaceful efforts during times of war.
- Miss Gbowee’s efforts focused on ensuring that women had the opportunities to be a part of the conversation surround peaceful efforts.
- The Women of Liberia Mass Action held protests for several weeks. Their persistence garnered thousands to join.
- At a pivotal moment during the peace talks, security forces attempted to arrest her. Leymah almost removed her clothing, which, according to traditional beliefs, would cause a curse to fall upon the men. This act scared the men into continuing with their negotiations.
- Miss Gbowee’s actions contributed to a peace treaty and President Charles Taylor exit into exile.
In 2011, The Nobel Committee conferred the Nobel Peace Prize on Leymah Gbowee for her efforts to end the civil war in Liberia. Today, she is much sought after as a speaker and a voice for peace. She is actively involved with the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), in Monrovia, Liberia.