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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Liberian Woman Takes on Colbert

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Leymah Gbowee
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While Stephen Colbert’s killer-comic timing usually shocks and stupefies his guests, he met his match last night with the Liberian peace activist Leymah Gbowee. Ms. Gbowee organized the courageous women of Liberia to bring an end to their devastating civil war, citing that they were fed up and could not take the terror and violence any longer and decided to do something about it.

Her poise and ability to keep Colbert engaged in the issues demonstrates that when you’ve taken a stand to the likes of human rights offenders like former Liberian Dictator Charles Taylor (currently on trial in The Hague for crimes against Sierra Leone), the Colbert Report ain’t so scary.

Leymah Gbowee and the women of Liberia are the subjects of the award-winning documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell. Check out the interview (above) to get a taste.

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(Post by Kristina)


  1. Leymah is a very inspirational woman!

  2. Check out Global Fund for Women's blog post on this -

    Leymah Gbowee is a grantee partner of Global Fund for Women, check it out pretty great stuff!