After two decades of instability and civil war, Liberia is on the mend.
The late 2005 presidential elections were the most free, fair, and peaceful elections in Liberia's history. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf defeated international soccer star George Weah 59.4% to 40.6% to become Africa's first democratically elected female president (US State Dept website). However, the remarkable story of the women who collectively ended the bloody, devastating civil war in 2003 is one that remains virtually unrecognized. Even the US State department website does not acknowledge the achievements of the Market Women and Leymah Gbowee, who led her countrywomen to action for peace.
Please watch this episode of The Bill Moyers Journal and consider these women’s lives and the strength it took to organize and stand up for their futures.
It is remarkable.