Laureate Gbowee Named Africa’s Youngest Powerful Woman

Liberian Nobel Laureate, Leymah Roberta Gbowee, is Forbes’ reigning youngest powerful woman in Africa, the Heritage has reliably learnt.In Forbes’ second-annual list of “the 20 youngest power women in Africa”, released early December 2012, the Magazine ranked the Liberian Peace and Women’s Rights Activist and social worker first,

ahead of 19 other young and enterprising powerful women taking control of their economic, social and political destinies on the continent.

Forbes is an American business magazine company founded in 1917 by B.C. Forbes and it’s owned by Forbes, Inc. It produces numerous online and print publications, featuring original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law. The company is popular for its periodic publications consisting of a variety of topics such as the richest businessmen, most influential individuals, and the most powerful women around the globe.

According to Forbes, Laureate Gbowee and the other ladies named on its 2012 list of “Youngest Power Women in Africa” are all under age 45. Forbes avers that: “African women are unconflicted about themselves, who they are and the role they play, not only within their families but in their countries and the world at large.”

Along with the Liberian Laureate Gbowee on the Forbes listing for Africa’s youngest powerful women are three Kenyans, three South Africans, three Zimbabweans, two Nigerians, two Ghanaians, and one each from Angola, Sierra Leone, Togo, Guinea, Ivory Coast and Senegal.

In 2011, Madam Gbowee emerged joint Nobel Peace Prize winner with fellow Liberian, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and Yemeni Peace activist, Tawakkul Karman, for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called an honor "for their nonviolent struggle for the safety of women and for women's rights to full participation in peace-building work."

She was instrumental in the formation of the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, an alliance of Christian and Muslim women, in public protest during Liberia’s tumultuous times. She served as the group’s leader during the war days in her native land-Liberia. Currently, through her organization, the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, the Nobel Laureate trains and empowers women in Africa to bring peace to their own countries.

She is a recipient of multiple awards including the Blue Ribbon Peace Award from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School, Gruber Prize for Women’s Rights, the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the Medal for Justice from New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Women’s News Leaders For the 21st Century Award.


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