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Leymah Gbowee is the DAILY BEAST's Africa columnist and executive director of the Women Peace and Security Network Africa, in Ghana. She is a founding member and former coordinator of the Women in Peace program/West African Network for Peace program. She served as the commissioner-designate for the Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 2007, Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government honoured Ms Gbowee with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award. In 2009, Gbowee and the women of Liberia were awarded the Profiles in Courage Award by the Kennedy Library Foundation. Gbowee is based in Ghana, and is a single mother of six.

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