We are so excited to announce that Leymah Gbowee has been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Gbowee is one of the featured individuals in 2008 Heartland Film Festival Award winner for Best Documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She is jointly awarded with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman for their non-violent activism towards women’s rights and safety.
After seeing the effects of war first hand as a trauma counselor, Gbowee lead a group of women – spanning different religions – to Liberia’s Presidential Palace to put the pressure on Charles Taylor to continue stalled peace talks. After receiving a promise from Taylor that he would attend the peace talks in Ghana, she continued the pressure by following him with a group of women to ensure the talks continue. Today, Gbowee is the founder and executive director for Women, Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A) a women-focused, women-led Pan-African Non-Governmental Organization with the core mandate to promote women’s strategic participation and leadership in peace and security governance in Africa.
Please join us and our friends at Pray the Devil Back to Hell in congratulating Leymah Gbowee and the other winners!