Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War

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Price
$16.99  $15.63
Publisher
Beast Books
Publish Date
Pages
272
Dimensions
5.7 X 8.7 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780984295197
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About the Author

2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women's rights advocate. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at the Earth Institute at Columbia University and is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, the founding head of the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative, as well as co-founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also a founding member and former Liberian Coordinator of Women in Peacebuilding Network/West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). She travels internationally to advocate for human rights and peace & security.

Ms. Gbowee's leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace -- which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia's civil war in 2003 -- is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Ms. Gbowee holds an M.A. in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University (Harrisonburg, VA), and a Doctor of Laws (LLD) honoris causa from Rhodes University in South Africa and the University of Alberta in Canada.

Ms. Gbowee advises numerous organizations working for peace, women's rights, youth, and sustainable development, and has held distinguished fellowships at Barnard College and Union Theological Seminary. In 2016, Ms. Gbowee was awarded the Lifetime Africa Achievement Prize (LAAP) for Peace in Africa by the Millennium Excellence Foundation. Ms. Gbowee serves as a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate for the United Nations and as a Member of the World Refugee Council. In 2017, Ms. Gbowee was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to serve as a Member of United Nations Secretary-General's High Level Advisory Board on Mediation. In 2018, she was appointed to the Gender Equality Advisory Council Secretariat for Canada's G7 Presidency.

Leymah is the proud mother of eight children.

Reviews

"Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
"."..a beautifully written narrative."

"Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 1984
"""Mighty Be Our Powers "reminds us that even in the worst of times, humanity's best can shine through."

"Sheryl Sandberg, COO Facebook:
""One of the most inspirational and powerful books I've ever read. The story of one woman's struggle against the worst and what she can teach all of us about finding the courage and strength to change the world."

"Reverend Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III Pastor, The Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York:
""An engrossing, fluently written story that anyone who cares about changing the world has to read."

"Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, 2011:
""Leymah bore witness to the worst of humanity and helped bring Liberia out of the dark. Her memoir is a captivating narrative that will stand in history as testament to the power of women, faith and the spirit of our great country"

STARRED" Kirkus Review:
""Searing war-torn memories from a visionary African peacekeeper and women's-rights activist....Gbowee stands responsible for what began as a tireless vocal demonstration and soon escalated to a standoff on the Presidential Mansion steps demanding peace. This course of action facilitated the war's end in 2003 and the election of Africa's first female president, and ended the author's personal struggles with alcohol. With commanding charity, Gbowee celebrates Liberia's eight years of peace and continues teaching young women about the power of activism. A patriotic chronicle reverberant with valor and perseverance."

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