By Leymah Gbowee, Carol Mithers
WINNER OF THE 2011 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
In a time of demise and terror, Leymah Gbowee introduced Liberia’s ladies together—and jointly they led a country to peace.
As a tender girl, Leymah Gbowee was once damaged via the Liberian civil warfare, a brutal clash that tore aside her lifestyles and claimed the lives of numerous kin and acquaintances. Years of struggling with destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and goals. As a tender mom trapped in a nightmare of household abuse, she discovered the braveness to show her bitterness into motion, propelled by means of her awareness that it's girls that suffer so much in the course of conflicts—and that the facility of ladies operating jointly can create an unstoppable strength. In 2003, the passionate and charismatic Gbowee helped arrange after which led the Liberian Mass motion for Peace, a coalition of Christian and Muslim girls who sat in public protest, confronting Liberia’s ruthless president and insurgent warlords, or even held a intercourse strike. With a military of ladies, Gbowee helped lead her state to peace—in the method rising as a global chief who replaced background. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a trip from hopelessness to empowerment that might contact all who dream of a higher world.
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