Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban landmines through the International Campaign to Ban Landmines,
which shared the Peace Prize with her that year. At that time, she
became the 10th woman - and third American woman - in its almost
100-year history to receive the Prize. Since her protests of the
Vietnam War, she has been a life-long advocate of freedom, self-determination and human and civil rights.
Like others who have seen the ravages of war, she is an outspoken peace activist who struggles to reclaim the real meaning of peace - a concept which goes far beyond the absence of armed conflict and is defined by human security, not national security.
Williams believes that working for peace is not for the faint of
heart. It requires dogged persistence and a commitment to sustainable
peace, built on environmental justice and meeting the basic needs of the
majority of people on our planet.