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Nobel Winner Gbowee: Relentless Focus on Peace Led to Success in Liberia
03/21/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

Leymah Gbowee is an impressive character. In the 1990s and early 2000s she mobilized thousands of women in her native Liberia to oppose the civil war, which at the time was devastating the west African nation. They held protests, rallies and sit-ins. They even organized a sex strike. In 2003, these efforts were crucial in ending 14 years of war - a war which had claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. In 2011, Gbowee - along with two other women from the movement - was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Today she travels the world tirelessly, advocating womens' rights and working for peace. She's been in Maine the past couple of days: Last night, she gave a lecture at the University of Maine School of Law, and today she met with high school students. Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter caught up with Gbowee between engagements, and asked what it was, above all, that enabled the women of Liberia to successfully oppose the war.

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Maine Things Considered host Tom Porter talks with Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee (left), of Liberia, who is in Maine for a couple of days.


Photo:  Tom Porter interviews Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee.  Photo by Trevor Maxwell.




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