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Leader of Anti-Landmine Movement to Speak at Oklahoma City University

Human rights advocate Jody Williams will give a presentation at Oklahoma City University at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. The presentation is free to the public and will be held in the Freede Wellness and Activity Center at N.W. 27th Street and Florida Avenue.

Williams’ speech is titled “Human Security or National Security in an Insecure World?” She will discuss the importance of both human and national security, and whether one is more important than the other when there are no guarantees of peace or stability.

Williams, along with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. She has worked with the Nobel Women’s Initiative since 2006 on peace advocacy efforts throughout the world. The organization, for which she serves as chairwoman, utilizes the notoriety of the Nobel Peace Prize to bring awareness of inequalities and human rights violations.

Williams was the founding coordinator of the ICBL from 1992 to 1998. She led its growth to more than 1,300 organizations in 95 countries working to eliminate antipersonnel landmines. In just over five years, her work resulted in a 1997 treaty supported by 122 countries and has since grown to nearly 160.

Her articles have appeared in magazines and newspapers around the world including the Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune and the LA Times. Her book “Banning Landmines: Disarmament, Citizen Diplomacy and Human Security,” released in 2008, analyzes the Mine Ban Treaty and its impact on other human security-related issues.

In 2004, Forbes magazine called her a “tireless crusader against war and [its] lingering effects” and named her one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.

Harbour Winn, Distinguished Speakers Series committee member, said Williams’ work continues to play an important role in peace efforts across the world.

“The works of Jody Williams have had a huge impact against human injustices. Her dedication and energy for human rights serves as inspiration to all who seek to improve international peace and goodwill.”

Williams will be available to sign books following her presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

For more information call (405) 208-4956 or visit www.okcu.edu/speakers.