Leymah Gbowee wins the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011
7 October 2011
We are pleased to announce that Leymah Gbowee has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011. She is awarded jointly with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman for their "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work".
Leymah is a valued partner of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. She spoke at the first of WAGGGS’ flagship centenary events, the Young Women’s World Forum 2010 and sits on the Council of Ambassadors for our Global Girls Fund. We wanted to honour Leymah with our first centenary award in 2010 for her significant contribution to changing lives. The centenary award recognised Leymah Gbowee’s contribution to her country and how her story continues to inspire millions of girls and young women to become leaders, advocates for change and active citizens of the world.
At the time of our Young Women’s World Forum in 2010, Leymah Gbowee spoke to Our World, WAGGGS’ magazine and our interview with her forms the first in our new series of WAGGGS interviews.