2009 Gruber Women’s Rights Prize

Working within the courts and existing political and cultural institutions, Leymah Gbowee and the Women’s Legal Centre have helped achieve significant legal and social reforms to build peace and advance human rights for African women.

A nonprofit law center based in South Africa, the Women’s Legal Centre has successfully challenged discriminatory laws through litigation, free legal consultation, and advocacy support, and has provided training to explain the impact of court decisions on women’s rights.

The executive director of Women in Peace and Security Network – Africa, a peacebuilding organization in West Africa, Leymah Gbowee formed a coalition of Christian and Muslim women that helped bring about an end to civil war in Liberia.