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The Peace Studies Program and Centre for Peace Studies, McMaster University presents the 18th Annual Mahatma Gandhi Lecture on Nonviolence

Women, Peace and Security

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Health Sciences Centre, (HSC) 1A1

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm


2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. Ms. Gbowee’s leadership of the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace – which brought together Christian and Muslim women in a nonviolent movement that played a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s civil war in 2003 – is chronicled in her memoir, Mighty Be Our Powers, and in the award-winning documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Women, Peace and Security Program at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, and is the founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa.


Admission is free. Open to the public.

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The Newcombe Prize in Peace Studies and the Mahatma Gandhi Scholarship to be awarded.

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Earlier in the day on March 14th, Ms. Gbowee will also be speaking about Peace and Progress in Liberia. Details are below:

Doors open: 1 pm   l   Event starts: 2 pm

LOCATION: The Studio (at Hamilton Place)

1 Summers Lane, Hamilton, ON Canada

Join us for a public conversation with 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee – peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is best known for leading a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s devastating, fourteen-year civil war. This historic achievement paved the way for the election of Africa’s first female head of state, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. It also marked the vanguard of a new wave of women emerging worldwide as essential and uniquely effective participants in brokering lasting peace and security. This event will highlight ongoing efforts to rebuild Liberia and the transformational impact of Empowerment Squared’s Liberian Learning Center.

This event is hosted by Empowerment Squared and presented in partnership with McMaster University’s Peace Studies Program and the Centre for Peace Studies, and the Rotary Club of Hamilton.

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