Jody Williams is the Nobel Peace Prize-winning aid worker who was lauded for her work with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines. Human rights activist and keynote speaker Jody can offer wisdom on topics such as global security, sustainability and the environment and gender equality. A robust crusader Jody is an inspirational speaker.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams is a human rights activist and keynote speaker who travels the world expounding her wisdom and lobbying for improvements in human rights and global security. She was honoured only one week after a historic treaty banning landmines was signed by 122 nations.
Jody controlled the ICBL's growth to more than 1,300 organisations in 95 countries and their efforts to eliminate antipersonnel landmines.
She is Chair of the Nobel Women's Initiative which she founded to provide support to women working for peace with justice and equality, and in 2004, she was named by Forbes as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She has also been recognised as Glamour magazine’s ‘Woman of the Year’ twice, alongside countless honorary degrees from various universities.
Jody writes about her journey through articles in the world’s most respected newspapers and magazines and through chapters in numerous books, including This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women; A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant, and A Prayer, and Girls Like Us: 40 Extraordinary Women Celebrate Girlhood in Story, Poetry and Song, amongst others.
Jody also co-authored a seminal book on the landmine crisis in 1995, After the Guns Fall Silent: The Enduring Legacy of Landmines, and her next book, Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy and Human Security, discusses the Mine Ban Treaty and its impact. She has since published her memoir, several research papers, articles and newspaper pieces. Jody is the Sam and Cele Keeper Professor in Peace and Social Justice in the Graduate College of Social Work at the University of Houston.
Jody’s wealth of experience makes her the ideal choice to talk around topics on social change, security and human rights.