Leymah Gwobee: A group of mothers ended Liberia’s civil war; Liberia was very effective at killing itself during the civil war. Our population is around 4.5 million people, and during the 14-year-long civil war around 250,000 people was killed, and many more displaced. The use of child soldiers, sexual violence and attacks on civilians were rife during the conflict.
In April 2003, seven of us gathered in a makeshift office to discuss the Liberian civil war and the fact that the fighting was fast approaching the capital, Monrovia. Armed with nothing but our conviction and $10, the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace Campaign was born. We felt it was our moral duty to stand up as Liberian mothers to protect the lives of our children, the land and their future.