Jody Williams Biography
(Political & Peace Activist)
Birthday: October 9, 1950 (Libra)
Born In: Rutland, Vermont, United States
Jody Williams is an American political activist. She was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her contribution in banning and clearing anti-personnel landmines. Williams has visited over 70 countries, lecturing about the danger of landmines and exposing millions of unexploded landmines all over the world in order to encourage new perceptions of human security. She has been an advocate of peace and a defender of human and civil rights—particularly those of women. She fights to reclaim the true meaning of peace, which is a concept far beyond the lack of wars in today’s world. Jody Williams is the founding director of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was officially initiated by six nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). She has also taken the lead in launching the ‘Nobel Women’s Initiative’ which encourages and endorses the works of women who fight for justice and equality. Williams writes extensively and has numerous articles published in various newspapers and magazines like ‘Wall Street Journal’, ‘International Herald Tribune’, ‘The Independent’ (UK), ‘The Irish Times’, and ‘The Toronto Globe’. The ‘Glamour’ magazine has recognized Jody Williams as a ‘Woman of the Year’ twice, along with other eminent personalities like Hillary Clinton and Barbara Walters.