1997 – Jody Williams, International Campaign to Ban Landmines

As its founding coordinator, Jody Williams brought the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from a coalition of six non-governmental organizations in 1992 to include more than 1300 groups from over 85 countries.

In September 1997 at a diplomatic conference in Oslo, working with governments, UN bodies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the ICBL achieved its goal of an international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. Jody now speaks on behalf of the ICBL around the world.

Prior to her work with the ICBL, she worked for 11 years to build public awareness about U.S. policy toward Central America. She developed and directed humanitarian relief projects as the deputy director of the Los Angeles-based Medical Aid for El Salvador, and was co-coordinator of the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, leading fact-finding delegations to the region.

Jody is one of only twelve women who have received the Nobel Peace Prize in its history of more than 100 years.

photo by Peter Badge