Name: Jody Williams
Local: United States of America
Occupations: Grassroots activist; author; public speaker; professor
Fields of Expertise: elimination and banning of antipersonnel landmines; Human Rights; social justice; gender equality; peace and security related matters
Beginning in 1992 with two non-governmental organizations and a staff of one, Jody Williams created and overseen a global network of civil society organizations in around 90 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In an unprecedented collaborative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, Williams has served as a founding coordinator, chief strategist and spokesperson for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL). In 1997, achieving its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines, Jody Williams was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Since 2006 Williams has chaired the Nobel Women’s Initiative with the mission to support and advance peace, justice and equality for women. In 2012 she has founded the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Gender Violence in Conflict. In 2013 Williams has focused her work against autonomous weapons, co-founding the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.
Jody Williams continues to be recognized as a grassroots activist for her contributions to human rights and global security. She has been named Distinguished Visiting Professor of Global Justice and Sam & Celle Keeper Endowed Professor in Peace & Social Justice at the University of Houston. Williams is the recipient of eighteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. In 2004 Williams was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
As an activist and writer, co-author of several books, as well as the author of numerous articles in magazines and newspapers around the world, Williams, through her personal life story, vividly demonstrates how one woman can have, through perseverance, courage, imagination and her commitment to freedom and self-determination, a profound impact on people all over the globe.