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11 - Jody Williams

 

Jody Williams

(1950 - )

 

Landmines are terrible weapons; long after a war they kill and maim thousands of civilians, including children; they prevent land being used for farming.

In 1992, 6 grassroots organisations agreed to work together to get landmines banned worldwide. Seemingly utopian, this campaign captured the public imagination, and was supported by Princess Diana.

The founding coordinator was Jody Williams. She addressed the United Nations, the European Parliament, and the Organisation for African Unity, amongst others. The International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) co-recipient of the Prize - grew to over 1000 groups in 60 countries.

The extraordinary result was that 120 countries signed a Mine Ban Treaty in 1997. A people's campaign had made a difference.

"As a model for similar processes in the future, it could prove of decisive importance to the international effort for disarmament and peace ."

The Nobel Committee

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