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Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, along with the [International Campaign to Ban Landmines], which she founded.
An outspoken peace activist, she struggles to reclaim the real meaning of peace—a concept which goes far beyond the absence of armed conflict and is defined by human security, not national security.
Since January of 2006, she has chaired the Nobel Women’s Initiative, which uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and the influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates to support and amplify the grassroots efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality.
Williams is the recipient of twenty honorary degrees, among other recognitions. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world in its first such list.
In her 2013 memoir, My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize, she challenges “ordinary” people to be active agents of change.
*Picture copy right: Greg Gorman*