Leyma Gbowee

Liberian Peace Activist

Image source: Jon Styer/Eastern Mennonite University
Press conference at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA (US).

Image license: CC BY 3.0

Year of Birth




Field of Knowledge


Leymah Roberta Gbowee (born 1 February 1972) is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women’s nonviolent peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. 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.”


Global Ranking
Ranking History201820162015201420132012