Nobel Laureate Gbowee Backs Grassroots Ebola Fighters

Since winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011, Liberia's Leymah Gbowee has worked on both global and grassroots efforts for peace and for women's role as leaders for change. , for example, promoted recognition of the critical role of local Liberians in fighting Ebola, in contrast to the global media narrative that international intervention stopped the epidemic. As the crisis mounted, the Gbowee Peace Foundation, over which she presides, gave grants to 86 community-based organizations in the hardest-hit areas. Today, those and similar organizations are central to the continuing recovery in a country still struggling to rebuild health systems and a fragile economy.

Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee

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