TED Talks: Nobel-Laureate Leymah Gbowee on Peace in Liberia, and the World

Thursday, March 01, 2012

John Hockenberry interviewed Leymah Gbowee at TED. (John Hockenberry)

Leymah Gbowee, a speaker at TED2012, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her pivotal role with Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, the women's peace movement that, in 2003, helped end the four-year-long Second Liberian Civil War. She shared the award with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first female president of Liberia. In the wake of the controversy around Sirleaf's reelection, Gbowee was asked by the president to start a "national peace and reconciliation initiative" to address the growing political and ideological tensions within the country.

Gbowee, the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, speaks from the TED Conference about how peace is possible.


Leymah Gbowee

Produced by:

Jillian Weinberger

Comments [1]

Paul from Monrovia

well, she has been in this area and has work very hard to make this happen, I don't know if she was ever waiting to be awarded with such a wonderful prize, but she kept her high up and put all herself into it.... I truly believe that she did it right... and I think that she will finish the task plus the new task given her by the president to do, it is not an easy task, but she understands what "not easy" means... she is the right person for the job... godspeed Sister Leymah

Mar. 06 2012 09:16 AM

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