Jody Williams

Jody Williams
Jody Williams

Time Period

1940 to Today

Notable Facts

Received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her efforts to ban the use of landmines worldwide. Tenth woman to be awarded the Peace Prize, and the third United States woman to be honored. Senior editor for the annual "Landmine Monitor Report," which monitors the implementation and compliance of the Mine Ban Treaty. Works with Peacejam, an international education program built around Nobel Peace Laureates who inspire a new generation of peacemakers.

Personal Information

Date of Birth

10/09/1950

Primary Residence

Putney

Historical Significance

Jody Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her efforts to ban the use of landmines worldwide. Prior to this, she worked from 1984 to 1986 as a co-coordinator of the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, and was an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Washington, D.C. From 1986 to 1992, she developed and directed humanitarian relief projects as the deputy director of the LA based Medical Aid for El Salvador. Williams is the founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), which was formally launched by six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in October of 1992. Since then, she has seen the growth of ICBL to more than 1,300 NGOs and has served as the chief strategist and spokesperson for the campaign. The ICBL achieved its goal of an international treaty to ban antipersonnel landmines during a conference held in Oslo, Norway in September 1997.

Williams received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. She is only the tenth woman to be awarded the Peace Prize, and the third United States woman to be honored.

Her writings include a study based on two years of field research in four mine-affected countries that details the socio-economic consequences of landmines. She has written articles for journals produced with the United Nations. She served as a technical advisor the UN's 1995 Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children, and continues to participate in conferences and seminars around the world. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Pennsylvania State University, Franklin Pierce College, Wesleyan University, The Royal Military College of Canada, Regis University, Shenshu University (Japan), Rochurst University, Williams College, Briar Cliff College, Marlboro College, and the University of Vermont. She is the recipient of numerous other awards, including one of the "100 Most Powerful Women in the World," by Forbes Magazine in 2004 and the Vermonter of the Year in 1997.

Since 1998, Williams has served as a Campaign Ambassador for the ICBL. She is also a senior editor for the annual "Landmine Monitor Report," which monitors the implementation and compliance of the Mine Ban Treaty. She is a distinguished visiting professor of Social Work and Global Justice in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston, for the academic years 2004-2007. Williams also works with Peacejam, an international education program built around Nobel Peace Laureates who inspire a new generation of peacemakers.

Organizations or Movements

  • Vietnam Veterans of America
  • Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project
  • Medical Aid for El Salvador
  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • Peacejam
  • United Nation's 1995 Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children

Occupations

  • Co-coordinator of the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project
  • ESL teacher
  • Deputy director for Medical Aid for El Salvador
  • Founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
  • Senior editor for the annual "Landmine Monitor Report"
  • Campaign Ambassador for ICBL
  • Distinguished visiting professor of Social Work and Global Justice in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston

Education

  • B.A. Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT (1972)
  • M.A. School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT, (1976)
  • M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (1984)

Additional Information (Bibliography)

  • Vermont Encyclopedia

  • Nobel Peace Prize Link

  • International Campaign to Ban Landmines Link

  • Jody Williams Link

  • Peacejam Link

Additional Images

Jody Williams. Courtesy of PeaceJam, July 10, 2008.
Jody Williams. Courtesy of PeaceJam, July 10, 2008.