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People/Characters: Leymah Gbowee

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Pénélope Bagieu
Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf by Helene Cooper
Mighty be our powers by Leymah Gbowee

Character description

Leymah Roberta Gbowee, "Red" (born 1 February 1972) is a Liberian peace activist responsible for leading a women's peace movement, Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Her efforts to end the war, along with her collaborator Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, helped usher in a period of peace and enabled a free election in 2005 that Sirleaf won. She, along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman, were awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

In October 2012, she disowned Sirleaf, accusing her of nepotism and doing little for the very poor.

In her teens, she married an abusive man named Daniel. They had four children: Joseph, Amber, Arthur and Nicole; Leymah later adopted a child Lucia, known as Malou, and gave birth to a daughter Jaydyn, in later life after she had left Daniel.

Leymah left Daniel and returned home. Her oldest sister, Geneva, cared for Leymah's children and domestic issues. so that Leymah could focus on her education and activism. Leymah never remarried, but has had long-time relations with men, and a sixth child, a daughter named Jaydyn.

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