Africa’s Most Influential Women: Leymah Gbowee



Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who led Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which brought an end to Liberia’s civil war in 2003. Her efforts and collaboration with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ushered a peace initiative that enabled a free election which led to Sirleaf becoming the first female president in an Africa nation. Along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawwakul Karman, she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001 for her role in peace-building in Liberia.

Through her organization, Women Peace and Security Network Africa, Gbowee empowers women to become active agents in their community to promote peace. She has also received numerous awards including the Blue Ribbon Peace Award from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School, Gruber Prize for Women’s Rights, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the Medal for Justice from New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Women’s eNews Leaders For the 21st Century Award.