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Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, will deliver a keynote address on “The Critical Significance of Engaging Women in Peace and Security” at the U.S. Naval War College on August 10th at 6:30 pm.

Gbowee was born and raised in Liberia and was  responsible for leading a women’s peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.  She educated herself as a social worker and has worked to help those who suffered psychological trauma during the civil war in Liberia, including child soldiers. After having led the women’s peace movement that was decisive in ending the civil war in 2002, she received a degree in her field from an American university.

Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”

Gbowee is currently head of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, based in Ghana.

The event is part of the college’s Evening Lecture Series and is being held in conjunction with the college’s fifth annual Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Conference. The event can be viewed live below when it happens or at this link –  https://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/12028.

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