LIBERIA: Biennial Confab Of Nobel Women Initiative Holds In Monrovia
(LINA) – A group of five courageous women who are recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize will join their colleague Laymah Gbowee in Monrovia for this year’s biennial conference from April 30 to May 3, to magnify the power and visibility of women working in countries around the world for peace, justice, and equality.
According to Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA), the Laureates will bring together their extraordinary experiences and work to spotlight, amplify and promote the work of grass-root women organizations and movements, globally.
The Laureates are under the banner Nobel Women Initiative (NWI), founded in 2006, and have been driving their work on the vision of “a work on a world transformed through a reflection of war, violence, and militarism where global security is built around human rights, justice for people and communities (human security) rather than the security of the nation state.”
While in the country, NWI Laureates: Marie Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Tawakkol Karman, plus Liberia’s Laymah Gbowee, will pay a courtesy visit on President George Manneh Weah, GPFA said, in a communication it extended to the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs in late March.
About 60 women peace activists from around the world, donors, and translators will join the six Nobel Peace Laureates to attend the biennial conference.
The Laureates won the prize the various efforts they championed in their respective countries as activists of peace and human rights, particularly the rights of women.
Shirin Ebadi, an Iranian lawyer and former judge and human rights activist, is founder of Defenders of Human Rights Center in Iran. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her pioneering efforts for democracy and human rights, especially women’s children’s, and refugees’ rights in October 2003 and was the first Iranian and the first Muslim woman to receive the prize.
Jody Williams, an American political activist known for her work efforts to promote new understandings of security in today’s world, won the Prize in 1997 for her work toward the banning and clearing of anti-personnel mines.
For Menchú Tum, she has dedicated her life to publicizing the rights of Guatemala’s indigenous feminists during and after that nation’s civil war from 1960 to 1996, and to promoting indigenous rights. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 and the Prince of Asturias Award in 1998, in addition to other prestigious awards and is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
Moreover, Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 as a co-recipient to Gbowee, in recognition of their work in non-violent struggle for the expression rights, safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work in Yemen, and a women’s nonviolent peace movement that helped bring an end to the second Liberian civil was in 2003, respectively.