Annie, also known as “Ma Annie”, is the catalyst behind Peace Hut, a community led initiative in Totota, Bong County, Liberia. The initiative empowers women by educating them on their rights and mobilizing them in violence prevention and peacebuilding. Annie is a fearless women’s rights activist.
Annie became an activist during the Liberian Civil War. A mother of ten, she wanted a better future for her children. Annie refused to accept a system where rape is the norm, and militiamen can sexually assault the women and girls of her community with impunity. Annie decided to join forces with the Women in Peacebuilding Network (WIPNET) to fight at the grassroots level for justice for women and children.
As a result of this collaboration, Annie became a respected social justice crusader within Liberia. Her commanding presence and ability to calm rebel soldiers earned her a powerful reputation. Rural women would request a visit from “Ma Annie” following a surge of rebel-led activity, knowing that she would be able to help quell the violence. Annie worked alongside other war-weary women to use non-violent actions to bring an end to the civil war. After 14 years and an estimated 250,000 deaths, warring factions signed a peace agreement in 2003.
Annie now works to rebuild trust in communities and bring about greater accountability for crimes against women. She diligently meets with groups of women to discuss their concerns, and in turn takes these concerns to community leaders. When necessary, Annie takes the women’s voices to the highest level, challenging the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to act.
A tenacious leader with an unshakeable will, Annie is determined to bring peace to Liberia.