Liberian Grantee Leader Leymah Gbowee Wins JFK Profile in Courage Award

May 26, 2009 Posted by Preeti Mangala Shekar

The Global Fund is proud to celebrate Leymah Gbowee, leader of Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET), a Liberian grantee, for winning the 2009 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

leymahLeymah was honored on May 18, for organizing a multi-faith group of women to help end Liberia's civil war. The award was presented by Caroline Kennedy at a ceremony at Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

"If you're hungry, keep walking. If you're thirsty, keep walking. If you want a taste of freedom, keep walking. For us women of Liberia, this award is a call that we will keep walking until peace, justice and the rights of women is not a dream, but a thing of the present," said Leymah. Watch the inspiring video of Leymah's speech at the award ceremony. Find out more about Leymah and her work.