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Inspiring Words on Why We Must Support Education

14 OCT 2014
Career Path : Education News

Peace activist Leymah Gbowee was the Nobel Peace Prize winner for 2011, and in the spirit of the recent Nobel Peace Prize announcements, we want to bring back a TEDTalk she did two years ago in 2012. In the talk, titled “Unlock the intelligence, passion, greatness of girls”, Leymah outlines how girls in her native country of Liberia, go to desperate measures to achieve education.

Leymah is a major contributor to the end of the Second Liberian Civil War (2003) through her leading of a women’s peace movement called Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace. Beginning from her own troubles as a young mother of four trying to get into school as a social worker, Leymah realized the severe restrictions placed on women in her country, especially in times of war. Her women’s movement called for the end to the killing of children and the rape of Liberian women, and was one of Leymah’s first public girl’s rights awareness campaigns. After the war, Leymah attended an American college to study peacebuilding.

Leymah is now the founder of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, which provides education and leadership opportunities to girl and women in West Africa.

What are your thoughts on Leymah’s speech on unlocking the greatness of girls?