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Leymah Gbowee: Women, Peace and Security (18th Annual Gandhi Lecture)

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McMaster University

Health Sciences Centre Room 1A1

1200 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario L8N 3Z5

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Please join us on Thursday March 14th at 7:00pm for Ms. Leymah Gbowee's lecture on Women, Peace and Security, for the 18th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence. It will take place in Health Sciences Centre (HSC) room 1A1. A campus map is here. HSC is building number 37 on the map.

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate.

She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, the founding head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, and co-founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberian Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP).

Ms. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa.

Ms. Gbowee is an advisor for numerous organizations, and has held distinguished fellowships at Barnard College and Union Theological Seminary. She serves as a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for the United Nations and as a Member of the World Refugee Council. In 2016, she was awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize for Peace in Africa by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. In 2017, she was selected by the UN Secretary General to serve as a Member of his High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. In 2018, she was appointed to the G7 Gender Equality Advisory Council during Canada's G7 Presidency.


Earlier in the day on March 14th, Ms. Gbowee will also be speaking about Peace and Progress in Liberia. Details are below:


Doors open: 1 pm l Event starts: 2 pm

LOCATION: The Studio (at Hamilton Place)

1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON Canada

Join us for a public conversation with 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee - peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is best known for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s devastating, fourteen-year civil war. This historic achievement paved the way for the election of Africa’s first female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It also marked the vanguard of a new wave of women emerging worldwide as essential and uniquely effective participants in brokering lasting peace and security. This event will highlight ongoing efforts to rebuild Liberia and the transformational impact of Empowerment Squared’s Liberian Learning Center.

This event is hosted by Empowerment Squared and presented in partnership with McMaster University's Peace Studies Program and the Centre for Peace Studies, and the Rotary Club of Hamilton.

REGISTER FOR THIS SESSION HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nobel-laureate-leymah-gbowee-peace-and-progress-in-liberia-tickets-56005971368

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