Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist, and a 2011 Nobel Peace Prize awardee, last Wednesday, stopped by Google to discuss her new memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War (Beast Books, 2011).
Mighty Be Our Powers, which is available as an ebook in the Google eBookstore (US-only), reveals Leymah's personal history.
By way of background, Liberia in the early 2000s was a country ravaged by a civil war that had claimed the lives of more than 100,000 people. But the country's president refused to hold peace talks. Meanwhile the fighting continued, and warlords trained child soldiers. In the midst of this chaos, Gbowee had a dream.
"I heard a voice, and it was talking to me, commanding me: Gather the women to pray for peace!" she writes.
"Gbowee began organizing Liberian women of all ages, backgrounds and religions. Hers is an amazing tale of women's unity: dressed in white, they picketed for months and confronted Africa's male leaders. Thanks to their efforts peace was achieved, and in 2005, Liberia elected Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - the first modern-day female head of state in Africa," writes Google's vp Megan Smith.
In the video, Smith talks with Leymah Gbowee: