The Nobel Peace Prize Leymah Gbowee tells on July the 3rd the central Africa stories and experiences at Caffeina Literature Festival of Viterbo. The special guest of the annual kermesse in Tuscia (the area of the Viterbo’s province) presented her last book “Mighty Be Our Powers: how Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War“.
In the courtyard of Palazzo dei Priori, in the historical centre of Viterbo City, Gbowee participated to an international live brodcast interview by Sara Varetto from Sky TG24 where she shared into a touching storytelling the raw and painful war stories on the point of view of women and their suffering for loosing their children into an escalation of violence and death.
Fortunately the courage and the action of the liberian women mass movement (WIPNET) which leader is properly Leymah was able to end the war and bring a period of peace in a territory completely erased by the horror of the civil war. Gbowee’s effort and power was fortunately recognized and awarded together with Ellen Johnson Sireleaf (first african nation female President) and Tawakkul Karman (political activist from Yemen) with the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011.
“Leymah Gbowee is the executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, based in Accra, Ghana, which builds relationships across the West African sub-region in support of women’s capacity to prevent, avert, and end conflicts. She is a founding member and former coordinator of the Women in Peacebuilding Program/West African Network for Peacebuilding (WIPNET/WANEP). She also served as the commissioner-designate for the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission.” (Wikipedia)
More information about the author and Nobel Prize Leymah Gbowee are available on the Wikipedia link.
by Pasquale Direse