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Jody Williams and the International Campaign to Ban Landmines received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for their work creating an international treaty to ban landmines signed by more than 150 countries and clearing anti-personnel landmine fields. Williams was born in Vermont in 1950. Like many young people in her generation, she became dedicated to peace while protesting American involvement in the Vietnam War. She later led delegations to Central America as coordinator of the Nicaragua-Honduras Education Project and deputy director of Medical Aid for El Salvador. Williams is still an international ambassador for the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, calling for an end to destructive weapons that often harm civilians. Williams continues to work on campaigns to ban weapons such as killer robots. She is also now the Chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative, created with six of her fellow female Nobel Peace Laureates. The Initiative uses the prestige of the Nobel Peace Prize and the influence and access of the women Nobel Laureates themselves to support and amplify the efforts of women around the world working for sustainable peace with justice and equality. In 2013 she published My Name is Jody Williams: A Vermont Girl’s Winding Path to the Nobel Peace Prize and continues to be recognized for her contributions to human rights and global security. She is the recipient of fifteen honorary degrees, among other recognitions. In 2004, Williams was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world.