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Betty Williams

May 22, 1943 – March 17, 2020

Betty Williams was a peace activist from Northern Ireland. She was a co-recipient with Mairead Corrigan of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976 for her work as a cofounder of Community of Peace People, an organization dedicated to promoting a peaceful resolution to the Troubles in Northern Ireland.

Williams headed the Global Children’s Foundation and was the President of the World Centre of Compassion for Children International. She lectured widely on topics of peace, education, inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding, anti-extremism, and children’s rights.

In 2006, Williams became a founder of the Nobel Women’s Initiative along with Nobel Peace Laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Jody Williams and Rigoberta Menchú Tum. These six women, representing North and South America, the Middle East, Europe and Africa, brought together their experiences in a united effort for peace with justice and equality.

“Peace in the world is everybody's business, no matter where you live or what you do.” - Betty Williams

Submitted by our members in 2020.