The announcement posted on the organization’s website stated, “Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee will presenting the 2012 Peace Jam Hero Award to Edie Lutnick and Ken Fellman. Both of these amazing individuals have been instrumental in advancing peace and supporting Peace Jam in a variety of capacities.”
Gbowee will deliver a keynote address during the Peace Jam “4th Annual Hero’s Award Luncheon” on November 13 at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.
Leymah Gbowee, received the Nobel Prize in 2011 alongside current Liberian President Sirleaf Johnson and Yemeni journalist, Tawakkol Karman, “for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work,” according to the Nobel Committee.
Recently, Gbowee has “disavowed” her relationship and connections to Sirleaf Johnson because of what she calls “lack of progress” in Liberia. That lack of progress is the result of what British newspaper The Telegraph described as widespread graft and nepotism in the country.
Gbowee places the blame for this lack of progress on the shoulders of President Sirleaf Johnson who has been president of Liberia since 2006.