Approximately70% of the people displaced by war and conflict are women andchildren. Undeniably, women and children are the most affected incases of societal crisis internationally. The ability to understandthe issues involved in serving foreign victims allows one to providebetter and quality care. Besides, the capacity to understand thevictim’s psychological state creates a platform for one to fosterquick recovery, offer strength, and support (Gbowee, 2011). After a14 year civil war (1989-2003), the women in Liberia were left withnothing to lose. They were fed up with the spills of the war anddecided to take up arms and fight for the peace of Liberia.
Asa country in Africa, women in Liberia were considered the backbone ofthe society. Only males were allowed to go to school and retain highpositions in the political organization of the country. A woman wouldonly be considered in regards to the class of the husband or thefamily. However, the war affected women prompting them to carry armsand fight for the peace of Liberia. Tired of watching their husbandsand sons forced to become soldiers, the women accepted to be the corefactor in the campaign for peace in Liberia. According to thedocumentary entitled, “Praythe Devil Back to Hell,”in 2003 the women of Liberia launched a non-violent peace campaign.
Ina male and ethnically dominated society, women of Liberia were ableto settle on an agreement (Comprehensive Peace Agreement), whichresulted in the awakening of peace within the whole region. The womenof Liberia focused on accelerating the negotiations by ensuring thateach party remained at the bargaining table. As a result of the peaceunion established by the women, Africa saw the birth of ECOWAS, aregional trade union that facilitated and supported peace.
Womenwho did not take part in the peacekeeping activities and campaignswere not taken seriously in this community. Rather, the womenadvocated for education on peace skills and a better understanding oftheir liberties as well as engaging in reconstruction activities(Gbowee, 2011). Women of Liberia liberated themselves after a 14-yearcivil war, which had deprived them their loved ones and dignity. Onlythe women of Liberia knew what they wanted, and what had to be doneto retain peace and create a home for their future.
Gbowee Leymah, C. M. (2011). Mighty be our power: How sisterhood, Prayer and Sex changed a Nation at War. New York: Beast.