Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, is co-winner of The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize and author of Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, published by Beast Books. As war ravaged Liberia, Leymah Gbowee realized it is women who bear the greatest burden in prolonged conflicts. She began organizing Christian and Muslim women to demonstrate together, founding Liberian Mass Action for Peace and launching protests and a sex strike. Gbowee’s work in helping to oust Charles Taylor was featured in the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell.


Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee says it’s time to protect the children of the world from a culture of violence.

In an excerpt from Mighty Be Our Powers, published by Beast Books, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee remembers a joyous high school graduation party in beautiful Monrovia—six months before it all disappeared.

Peace and women’s rights activist Leymah R. Gbowee, who participated in Women in the World 2010, mourns the instability in Cote d’Ivoire but hopes for lasting peace.

From Monrovia, Liberian peace activist and Daily Beast Africa columnist Leymah Gbowee watches former President Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial, wishes it were being held in Africa, and revels in its threat to other despots.

On a trip to Congo, peace activist and Daily Beast Africa columnist Leymah Gbowee witnesses the violent arrest of a refugee girl forced into a bleak life as a sex worker. Inside her rage and helplessness.