Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women's rights advocate. Leymah is best known for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia's devastating, fourteen-year civil war in 2003.
One of the things I found most important as I researched Leymah was that she showed that women can be more powerful than men. She describes officers trying to arrest her and she simply threatens to disrobe which can cause a curse on men and her threat worked simply showing that she can have power over men in the little things they do. That is also showing that words actions speak louder than words can be turned around to say words speak louder than actions. She simply used nonviolent tactics to lean the situation her way. Another thing that I found important was that she used her nonviolent tactics to join women of Christian and Muslim faith to together put an end to the long civil war in Liberia. Another effect of the ending of the war was a win for the female gender as Africa's first female head of state was elected. She can be known as the Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. This also marked a new wave of women emerging worldwide as essential and uniquely effective participants in brokering lasting peace.
|"Leadership is standing with your people. People say you have to live to fight another day, but sometimes you have to show you are a true leader." - Leymah Gbowee|
I chose to use the web link below because I believe it is the most creditable source because it come directly for the website that is ran by the Nobel Peace prize organization.