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Leymah Gbowee

LEYMAH GBOWEE, a Liberian peace and women's rights activist, is "The Daily Beast"'s Africa columnist. She is a single mother of six and is based in Accra, Ghana, where she is the executive director of the Women, Peace, and Security Network Africa. In 2007, the Women's Leadership Board at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government honored her with the Blue Ribbon Peace Award.