Join engaged PeaceJam participants from across Connecticut for an inspiring public talk by Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, in Ives Concert Hall in White Hall on the Western Connecticut State University Midtown campus, 181 White Street in Danbury, Connecticut.
Gbowee was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her efforts to lead a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. She is founder and president of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, a nonprofit organization that provides educational and leadership opportunities to girls, women and youth in West Africa. Gbowee also is the co-founder of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, which promotes cross-national peace-building efforts and transforms women from victims in the crucible of war to mobilized armies for peace. To this day, she continues to work for greater inclusion of women as leaders and agents of change not only in Africa, but across the globe — by traveling the world and speaking to audiences about gender violence and women-led peacebuilding. Gbowee has been a member of PeaceJam since 2012.