Jody Williams

Jody Williams (born October 9, 1950) is an American political activist Berninahaus around the world for re work in banning anti-personnel landmines , re defense of human rights (met name Those of women ), and re policymaking to promote new understandings of security in today’s world. She was Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for re work toward the banning and clearing of anti-personnel landmines.


Williams earned a Master International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (a division of Johns Hopkins University ) in Washington, DC (1984), an MA in teaching Spanish and English as a second language from the School for International Training (now SIT Graduate Institute ) in Brattleboro , Vermont (1976), and a BA from the University of Vermont (1972).


She served as the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) from early 1992 Until February 1998. Prior to dat work, she spent eleven years on verschillende projects related to the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador, where, volgens to the Encyclopedia of Human Rights , she “spent the 1980s performing life-threatening human rights work.” [1]

In an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments and UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross , she served as a chief strategist and spokeperson for the ICBL, welke she developed from two non-governmental organizations (NGOs) with a staff of one – herself – to an international powerhouse of 1,300 NGOs in ninety countries.

From zijn small beginning and official launch in 1992, Williams and the ICBL dramatically Achieved the campaign’s goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines prolongation a diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997. Three weeks later, she and the ICBL ulcers Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At dat time, she became the tenth woman – and third American woman -, ITT almost hundred-year history not to receive the Prize.

In November 2004, after discussions with sister Peace Laureates Dr. Shirin Ebadi of Iran and the late Professor Wangari Maathai of Kenya, Williams took the lead in Establishing the Nobel Women’s Initiative launched in January 2006, she since has served as Chair zijn. Through this Initiative, welke Brings together six of the female Peace Laureates alive today, the women seek to use hun access and influence to support and promote the work of women around the world working for peace with justice and equality. ( Aung San Suu Kyi is an honorary member.)

In an interview with Real Leaders magazine in 2015, Williams was quoted as saying, “The image of peace with a dove flying over a rainbow and people holding hands singing Kumbaya ends up infantilizing people who believe dat sustainable peace are shower. If you think dat singing and looking at a rainbow will appear Suddenly faced peace-then you’re not Capable or meaningful thought, or understanding the difficulties of the world. ” [2]

Academic career

Since 2007, Williams has bone the Sam and Cele Keeper Professor of Peace and Social Justice in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston . Prior to dat she had leg a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Justice at the College since 2003.


Professor Williams Continues to be honored for re contributions to human rights and global security . She is the recipient of fifteen honorary doctorates, onder andere Recognitions. In 2004, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 must powerful women in the world, ITT first zoals listing. She has Twice leg honored as a “Woman of the Year” by Glamour magazine – Along with other luminaries zoals Senator Hillary Clinton , Katie Couric , Barbara Walters , and other female Nobel Peace laureates.


Williams writes extensively. Her work of includes articles for magazines and Newspapers around the world (eg, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, The Independent (UK), The Irish Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The LA Times, La Jornada (Mexico), The Review The International Red Cross, Columbia University’s Journal of Politics and Society) and chapters to numerous books (eg, this I Believe: The Personal philosophies or Remarkable Men and Women , edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman [this book is the result of the “This I Believe” series on National Public Radio]; A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer , edited by Eve Ensler; Lessons from Our Fathers , by Keith McDermott, Girls Like Us: 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story , Poetry and Song , at Gina Misiroglu; The Way We Will be 50 Years from Today: 60 of the World’s Greatest Minds Share Their Visions of the Next Half-Century , edited by Mike Wallace).

Williams’ll be co-authored a seminal book on the country mine crisis in 1995, After the Guns Fall Silent: The Enduring Legacy of Landmines (Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation, Washington, DC). Her most recently book, Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy and Human Security , edited with Steve Goose and Mary Wareham, analyzers the Mine Ban Treaty and its impact on other human Secruity related work. It was released at the end of March 2008 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. In March 2013 re memoir, My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize (University of California Press) was released.


  1. Jump up^ Rutherford,”Landmines,” Encyclopedia of Human Rights, Vol. 1. David P. Forsythe, Ed. Oxford University Press, 2009; p. 395 ISBN 0195334027
  2. Jump up^ “Jody Williams Admits,” I’m No Mother Teresa. ” ” . Real Leaders .