Awakening to Women: The Nobel Effect

Do women make peace in a different voice? Peter Coleman and I explore some essential peacebuilding lessons culled from the work of recent Noble Peace Prize recipient Leymah Gbowee. As always, if the spirit moves you, please share with your virtual community and leave a comment (criticism welcomed) in the talkback section of the article.

Also, if there was a song that captures the essence of our article it’s this:


2 responses to “Awakening to Women: The Nobel Effect

  1. brooklynmediates

    Gbowee’s story is not only an important narrative to tell, as Roi and Professor Coleman point out, there are important lessons to be learned from the way this particular peace movement unfolded and the impact it had on the course of Liberian history.
    I want to point out here that the US has its own history of influential women’s peace movements. Perhaps the most relevant one for this discussion being the Women Strike for Peace, founded in 1961 when nearly 50,000 women organized themselves in protest. Adopting the definition of soft power used here, this women’s movement epitomized the elements of what this meant. In the beginning, they used their own experiences and the traditional role of women at the time, to raise awareness to stop nuclear testing which was found to leave traces of chemicals in breast and commercially sold cow’s milk. Because of their near ‘protected’ status as middle class white women in suburban areas, their message was not stifled and provided a legitimate platform for the more radical voices against the Cold War and nuclear activity, thus establishing themselves as important players in the anti-war movement.

  2. Thanks for your comment BM. Very interesting.

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