Leymah Gbowee on Peacemaking

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 children, and how women need to get over our socialization to stay out of politics and not just support the men. Leymah Gbowee [pronounced LAY”mah, BEAU-wee] led the movement of Liberian women to force a peace agreement, which was documented in Abigail Disney’s film Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Gbowee authored the book Mighty Be Our Powers. She continues to work with women to make peace across the African continent and the world.

Janie Rezner conducted the interview for community radio KZYX, Philo, California. The interview was edited for WINGS by Bea Bernhausen and by series editor Frieda Werden.

Women’s International News Gathering Service (WINGS) has been covering the global women’s movement and related issues for community radio since 1986. Contact: [email protected]. New website: wingsradio.org/wordpress.

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