Saturday, October 08, 2011
I was a Peace Corps volunteer in Liberia from 1981 to 1984, just a few months over 2 years.
This week, it was announced that Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, was one of three women who have been awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.
Another prize winner is Leymah Gbowee, also Liberian - she's the woman featured in the movie "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" - in the midst of Liberia's most recent civil war, Ms Gbowee organized Christian and Muslim women to take to the streets in protest again the indiscriminate killing on all sides, the use of rape as warfare against women, and eventually met with the warlords to broker peace. My favorite part of the women's protest was that, in a move straight out of "Lysistrata," the women withheld sex from the men until they stopped fighting! I met Ms Gbowee when she spoke on St. Thomas, at a showing of the movie, which is very powerful and very emotional. (And which has won a number of awards for director and producer Abigal Disney.)
These two women make me proud to be female, and even prouder to have spent two years in Liberia.
Here are a few links to articles, if you want more info: