Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate is a Liberian peace activist and social worker dedicated to women’s rights. Gbowee led the Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, a nonviolent movement that brought together Christian and Muslim women, contributing to ending the second Liberian civil war in 2003, leading to the ousting of then-President Charles Taylor. Co-founder of Ara Pacis Initiatives for Peace, she established the “Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa (GPFA)” in Monrovia, Liberia, in 2012. The primary goal of GPFA is to mobilize resources to support local non-profit organizations promoting access to quality education for women and girls in West Africa, particularly in Liberia, addressing gender disparities and fostering lasting peace.
On September 1, 2023, the Pax Humana Foundation and the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the development of joint initiatives to promote peace in Liberia and other mutually interested countries. As part of this partnership, Pax Humana financially supported GPFA to implement an awareness campaign for peace promotion in Liberia during the pre and post-election period, scheduled for October 2023. Promoting peace during the electoral period is essential to prevent violence and tensions that may discourage citizen participation in voting or lead to subsequent disorder and disputes about the election results. The goal is to achieve free, fair, and peaceful elections that promote a positive perception and trust in the voting process.