Leymah Gbowee of Women, War & Peace Awarded Nobel Peace Prize

October 6th, 2011

Leymah Gbowee

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded in London today to Leymah Gbowee and Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (the first woman to be elected president in modern Africa).

Gbowee and President Johnson Sirleaf are both featured in Women, War & Peace, a five-part series that examines the dangers women face in today’s modern war zones. Their bold story is told in “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” which explores how a group of Liberian women took on warlords and a dictator to bring peace to their war-torn country. The film airs next week on October 18. Gbowee is also featured in the final chapter of the series, “War Redefined” (airing November 8). In this week’s program, Bosnian women bravely testifiy against the Serb soldiers who imprisoned and raped them.

Women, War & Peace airs Tuesdays beginning October 11 at 10 p.m. on THIRTEEN.

Watch Leymah Gbowee on Tavis Smiley, where she discusses the importance of and challenges faced by women in politics and the significance of the nation’s first woman president: