#48-17 Leymah Gbowee, Feminist Peacemaker

Shortly before she was announced as a Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee was on a book tour in the US. She gave Janie Rezner of Women’s Voices a passionate and wide-ranging interview about herself, her culture, the successful Liberian women’s peace movement, and why women must take our share of responsibility for politics and peacemaking. References UNSCR 1325

Host(s): Janie Rezner
Featured Speakers/Guests: Leymah Gbowee [pronounced LAY-mah, BEAU-wee] is a trained trauma abuse counsellor, a domestic abuse survivor, and a hereditary matriarch. She led Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, which forced the negotiations that ended the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Their actions are featured in the film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Gbowee authored the book Mighty Be Our Powers. She continues to work with women to make peace

Credits: Interview by Janie Rezner, of Women’s Voices, KZYX-FM. Edited for WINGS by Bea Bernhausen, series editor Frieda Werden. Photo on this page is a still from Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

Comments: For Women’s History Month, WINGS is showcasing historic successful actions by women around the world, in areas of peace and politics. This program was previously released on November 14, 2011.