This week on Q&A, our guest is author and 1997 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Jody Williams. She discusses her newly released autobiography titled “My Name Is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize.” Williams shares details of her prize winning work on the campaign to ban the use of landmines and her career as an advocate for world peace. She reveals the struggles she faced in adjusting to her new life as a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She describes her political ideology as “left of liberal.” She speaks candidly about her departure from the Catholic Church and her relationships with fellow laureates Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama. She opens up about meeting her husband, and fellow human rights activist, Stephen Goose, and the struggles they faced together. She describes her motivation for advocacy as righteous indignation and says that she is full of “anger at injustice.” She talks about the eleven years she spent working on various projects related to the wars in Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Jody Williams graduated from the University of Vermont in 1972 where she received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology. She has traveled all over the world including South America and Africa. Williams authored a report on Darfur for the United Nation’s Human Rights Council. She currently chairs the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a collection of female Nobel laureates who promote global programs for women’s rights, global justice, and international peace.