Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee
Leymah Gbowee was a young women who lived in Africa and was studying at an university to become a medical doctor. Her plans were disrupted when one morning on her way out of the door to go the university Gbowee dreams had to be put on hold do to the outbreak of the first civil war in Liberia. After witnessing the trauma and conflict that the war had brought to Liberia Gbowee decided to get an education in trauma counseling. Gbowee wanted to help the children that had been traumatized by the war, and were forced to fight in the war as a child soldier. By 2007 Gbowee had earned herself a Master's degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University located in the United States. Gbowee had also been working hard in Africa trying to help the women and children. She co-founded the Women Peace and Security Network. She also is a founding member and former coordinator for Women in Peacebuilding/West African Network for Peacebuilding .
|This is Leymah Gbowee holding her Nobel Peace Prize Diploma.|
Gbowee won her Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in leading a women's peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She shared this award with fellow Liberian Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Yemen-native Tawakkol Karman. Gbowee is the founder and president of Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa based in Liberia. This foundation makes it possible for young girls and women to be provided with educational and leadership opportunities in West Africa.