7 October 2011 - The Ara Pacis Initiative and its Council for Dignity, Forgiveness, Justice and Reconciliation extend their heartfelt congratulations to the 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee, who we are honored to have as a Founding Board and Council Member. In the face of a seemingly insurmountable challenge, putting an end to the civil war that was tearing apart Liberia, Leymah harnessed her faith, strength, brilliance, stamina, femininity and courage to take action in a completely new, human and unexpected way. Among her achievements, she mobilized Christian and Muslim women in a collaborative resistance movement that was able, through sit-ins and other acts of resistance, to get President Charles Taylor to meet with rebel groups at the peace table in Ghana and eventually agree to peace terms. We celebrate the prestigious recognition of her extraordinariness, knowing that she will continue to lead the way in achieving peace through the human dimension (pax humana). We offer her our unflinching affection and support and warn the world’s tyrants that Leymah and the women she inspires will continue to pray all devils back to hell!
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