Peacejam 2017

Friday 10 March
The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

​Peace Jam presents Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work leading a women’s peace movement that brought an end to the Second Liberian Civil War.

A second civil war broke out in 1999 and brought systematic rape and brutality to an already war-weary Liberia. Responding to the conflict, Leymah mobilized an interreligious coalition of Christian and Muslim women and organized the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace movement. Through Leymah’s leadership, thousands of women staged pray-ins and nonviolent protests demanding reconciliation and the resuscitation of high-level peace talks. The pressure pushed President Charles Taylor into exile, and smoothed the path for the election of Africa’s first female head of state. Over the weekend Leymah Gbowee will be taking time to work with young people coming to the University of Winchester from across the UK to learn about building peaceful societies. Winchester students are training as mentors for these young people.

Leyma Gbowee’s talk is free to attend but booking is essential.

​We are also hosting a special welcome dinner for Leymah Gbowie following her talk. If you would like to attend you will need to purchase tickets via the online store: Tickets are £25 which include a three-course dinner and a glass of wine 7.00pm-9.00pm

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