Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War
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 state to peace.
As a tender girl, Leymah Gbowee was once damaged by means of the Liberian civil warfare, a brutal clash that tore aside her lifestyles and claimed the lives of numerous family and associates. Years of scuffling with destroyed her country—and shattered Gbowee’s girlhood hopes and goals. As a tender mom trapped in a nightmare of family abuse, she came upon the braveness to show her bitterness into motion, propelled via her consciousness that it really is 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 girls, Gbowee helped lead her kingdom to peace—in the method rising as a global chief who replaced historical past. Mighty Be Our Powers is the gripping chronicle of a trip from hopelessness to empowerment that may contact all who dream of a higher world.
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Abby knocked at the door. “Why are you hiding in the following? Don’t you will want breakfast? Don’t be shy . . . no matter what you spot is for you.” Later, the entire kinfolk and that i sat round consuming waffles. Joking. enjoying. i used to be a section stunned that Abby did her personal dishes. Abby knew much concerning the state of affairs in Liberia—after her outreach to President Sirleaf, she’d donated cash to aid rebuild faculties there— and had introduced and run her personal origin in manhattan, so she understood the fight I confronted getting.
Her. I simply broke down and cried. i used to be thus far from domestic and suffering, and it was once strong to understand that somebody cared. On April 30, 2007, i stopped my coursework at EMU. In my application, you had the alternative of writing a thesis or going to paintings on a realistic venture. I already knew i might paintings on WIPSEN’s improvement. One week later, I lower back to Accra, helped run our first convention and plunged right into a crusade girls from Sierra Leone whom I knew from the WIPNET days got here to the convention.