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Waris Dirie

WARIS DIRIE A NOMAD GIRL IN SOMALIA Waris Dirie was born in 1965 into a nomad family living in the Somali desert near the border to Ethiopia. At the tender age of five, she underwent the inhuman procedure of female genital mutilation. This horrible tradition is still practiced worldwide today, both by Muslims and Christians. […]

Jody Williams

JODY WILLIAMS NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 1997 Born and raised in Vermont, Jody Williams graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972. She received her Master’s in Teaching Spanish and English as a Second Language from the School for International Training from the Experiment in International Living (now World Learning) in Brattleboro, Vermont, in 1976. In […]

Shirin Ebadi

SHIRIN EBADI NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 2003 Dr. Shirin Ebadi was born in 1947 in Hamadan-Iran. Her father, Professor Mohammad Ali Ebadi was a lecturer in Commercial Law. When Shirin was only a year old, her family moved to Teheran where she received her education. In 1965, she started her law degree, completing it 3 years […]

Leymah Gbowee

LEYMAH GBOWEE 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, trained social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is Founder and current President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa. She also founded the Liberia Reconciliation Initiative and Co-Founder and former Executive Director of Women Peace and Security Network Africa (WIPSEN-A). She is also […]

Rigoberta Menchú Tum

DR. RIGOBERTA MECHÚ TUM NOBEL PEACE PRIZE 1992 FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT OF THE RIGOBERTA MENCHÙ TUM FOUNDATION   Dr. Rigoberta Menchú Tum, a Maya K’iche’ woman, was born in the Laj Chimel village, San Miguel Uspantán, El Quiché, to parents Vicente Menchú Perez and Juana Tum K’otoja’.  She is an outstanding social leader and has […]

Jennifer Teege

JENNIFER TEEGE Jennifer Teege was born in 1970 to a German mother and a Nigerian father. Placed in a children’s home at four weeks old, she was adopted by a German family when she was 7. In her twenties, she lived and studied in Israel, before returning to Germany and beginning a career in advertising. […]