Liberian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, one of the 1,000 female peace activists gathered to mark the founding of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, recalls her work in leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003.“We were constantly trying to imagine strategies that would be effective,” Gbowee says.When we started our protest, we barely got the media’s attention, not local media and definitely not the international media.
Those were the three things that Taylor has specifically and explicitly said to the international community at the time he wasn’t going to do.
Liberia was a sovereign nation, and he was not going to allow foreign troops on the ground.
A lot of the times, people use religion as a means of disempowering women.
And if you go into the Qur’anic text and even in the Bible, you’ll find there were some great women.
By 2003, we had gone through almost 12 or 13 different armed groups.