Jody Williams returns to Vancouver on March 19

Jody Williams returns to Vancouver on March 19. Hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, she will talk about how she and her colleagues around the world worked together to ban landmines, work recognized with the Nobel Peace Prize, and her tireless efforts to promote human rights through the work of the Nobel Women’s Initiative.

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In 1997, Williams became the tenth woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. She was the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and oversaw ICBL’s growth to more than 1,300 organizations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines.

In 2004 she was named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. Since her protests of the Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of human rights. She is fiery and outspoken, a peace activist who today continues to make significant contributions to global peace and security.

Williams is a great friend of the Dalai Lama and has shared the stage with him numerous times. Two of the most recent encounters between the two were during the Vancouver Peace Summit of 2009 (see below) when they discussed women’s role in promoting world peace and again in October of 2009 when Jody traveled to Dharamsala with sister Peace Laureates Shirin Ebadi and Mairead Maguire to help launch the “Thank you Tibet” effort.

Hers is an inspiring story of how determined and compassionate people can work together and make a significant difference in the world. Her talk will be followed by a Q and A.

Williams's talk is part of the Dalai Lama Center’s Speaker Series, which offers public events that focus on key areas of interest to the Center and to the Dalai Lama, including science and its relationship to spirituality, education of the heart, and the development of compassion and its contribution to the public good.

To watch her on stage with the Dalai Lama during her previous visit, click on the video below.


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