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Leymah Gbowee’s participation in The Daily Beast’s Women in the World: Stories + Solutions Summit was a turning point in which Ms. Gbowee was not just lauded for her past achievements, but fully emerged as a leader in current conflict resolution.
The most influential women in the world in government, media, social activism, business, and the arts came together for this three-day event in New York City to “discuss global challenges and propose solutions, in a stirring call to arms.”
Women in the World Conference Day 3: Leymah Gbowee pictured
second from right. Photo by Marc Bryan-Brown for The Daily Beast
During the “Rape As A Weapon of War” panel, (on March 13), Gbowee’s call to action included a plea to First Lady Michelle Obama to mobilize the first ladies of Africa. Her statement had a considerable ripple effect, and incited Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s senior adviser, to email Michelle Obama’s chief of staff from her BlackBerry to share the idea shortly after hearing her speak. Watch the video of Leymah below. If you cannot play the video on your screen, watch it directly on YouTube by clicking here »
|“One group of powerful people that Africans tend to overlook are the First Ladies of Africa. How do you engage your First Lady to call a summit of African First Ladies to talk about - not come and do [a] fashion parade - but talk about rape and sexual violence?... If Michelle Obama calls the African First Ladies, everyone will come running.”
– Leymah Gbowee
Leymah was then invited to become The Daily Beast Africa columnist shortly after the summit. In her first blog post, titled “It’s Time to End Africa’s Mass Rape Tragedy”, she wrote, “There will be meaning–and power–if the women of Africa converge on Congo and stand behind those who give testament to rape as a weapon of war."
Go to Leymah's column on The Daily Beast by clicking here »
Both Abigail Disney and Gini Reticker attended the summit along with 300 other "international lioness leaders", as founder and editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast Tina Brown referred to them. Among them were Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan; former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright; Barbara Walters; French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde; former British first lady and human-rights lawyer Cherie Blair; former foreign affairs minister of Somaliland and maternal and child health activist Edna Adan Ismail; U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer; Zambian economist and aid expert Dambisa Moyo; Kathy Bushkin Calvin, CEO of the U.N. Foundation; Women for Women International founder Zainab Salbi; Daily Beast Pakistan correspondent Fatima Bhutto and many others.
Go to The Daily Beast's full coverage of the Women in the World Summit by clicking here »