Jody Williams

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Ms. Jody Williams "was recognized, along with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), with the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her role as the founding coordinator of the ICBL, which was formally launched by six non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in October of 1992. As its coordinator, Williams oversaw the growth of the ICBL to more than 1,300 NGOs in over eighty-five countries and served as a chief strategist and spokesperson for the campaign. Working in an unprecedented cooperative effort with governments, UN bodies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the ICBL achieved its goal of an international treaty banning antipersonnel landmines during the diplomatic conference held in Oslo in September 1997.

"International organizer and activist, teacher and writer, Williams is an eloquent speaker on human security, on human rights and international law, on the role of civil society in international diplomacy, and on individual initiative in bringing about social change. Since February 1998, Williams has served as a Campaign Ambassador for the ICBL, speaking on its behalf all over the world. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Campaign, which helps carry out the strategies and action plans of the ICBL. From 1999-2004, she served as senior editor for its 1000-page annual Landmine Monitor Report, a groundbreaking initiative by civil society that monitors the implementation and compliance of the Mine Ban Treaty.

"Ms. Williams is also a Distinguished Visiting Professor of Social Work and Global Justice, in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston for academic years 2004-2007, having served in a one-year position there in academic year 2003-2004.

"Prior to beginning the ICBL, Williams worked for eleven years to build public awareness about U.S. policy toward Central America. From 1986 to 1992, she developed and directed humanitarian relief projects as the deputy director of the Los Angeles-based Medical Aid for El Salvador. From 1984 to 1986, she was co-coordinator of the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project, leading fact-finding delegations to the region. Previously, she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) in Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Washington, D.C." [1]

Examples of Professional Associations [5]

  • 2003-present: Advisory Committee, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson’s “Women for World Peace Fund.”
  • 2002-present: Lifetime Honorary Member, Royal Military College Clubs of Canada.
  • 2002-present: Advisory Committee, Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a public Charter School for Los Angeles, CA.
  • 2002-present: Advisory Committee, Hollywood Humanitarian Council of the Hollywood Film Festival.
  • 2002-present: Honorary Advisory Board, Peace and Justice Association, a new association launched in *2002, which “combines the former Peace Studies Association and the Consortium on Peace Research, Education and Development with new members from related fields and constituencies.”
  • 2001-present: Board of Directors, Roots of Peace, California.
  • 2001-present: Advisory Committee, “Project Mine Free,” Tokyo Broadcasting System, Inc., Tokyo, Japan. A project to raise funds for mine action programs.
  • 2001-present: Council of Honor, University for Peace, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • 2000-present: Advisory Council, Women Waging Peace, “a global initiative of Hunt Alternatives hosted by the Women and Public Policy Program of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.”
  • 1999-present: Honorary Committee, The Hague Appeal for Peace, New York and the Hague.
  • 1998- present: Patron, International Peace Foundation, Vienna, Austria.
  • 1998-present: Advisory Committee, Arms Division, Human Rights Watch. (Human Rights Watch Arms Advisory Committee)
  • 1998-present: Advisory Committee, Code of Conduct on the Arms Trade, Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
  • 1997-present: Advisory Board, Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

Resources and articles


  1. Jody Williams, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, accessed July 7, 2007.
  2. Dalai Lama Centre for Peace and Education People, organizational web page, accessed April 29, 2012.
  3. Honorary Advisors, Free The Children, accessed September 8, 2008.
  4. Honorary Board, Albert Schweitzer Institute, accessed November 17, 2008.
  5. Jody Williams - Long Biography, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, accessed July 7, 2007.