Jody Williams, Fighting for Women and Children Worldwide, 1997 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
As its founding coordinator, Jody Williams brought the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from a handful of six organizations in 1992 to more than 1300 groups from over 85 countries five years later.
In September 1997 the campaign achieved its goal of an international treaty banning anti-personnel landmines. The treaty was signed at a diplomatic conference in Oslo, with representatives from governments, UN bodies, and the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Jody is one of sixteen women who have received the Nobel Peace Prize in its history of more than 100 years. In 2006 she founded The Nobel Women’s Initiative enabling the women laureates to work together to spotlight the work of grassroots women’s organizations and movements around the world and to strengthen feminist efforts to promote non-violent solutions to war,