Tun Channareth

Tun Channareth Survivor Tun Channareth, (known as Reth) became involved in the campaign to ban landmines after stepping on a mine as a resistance soldier near the Thai-Cambodian border in 1982, which resulted in the amputation of both of his legs. Together three other victims, Reth collected over one million signatures from Cambodians calling for […]

Jean-Baptiste Richardier

Jean-Baptiste Richardier Co-founder/Executive Director of Handicap International Handicap International was founded in 1982 by Jean-Baptiste Richardier and his wife to work with victims and survivors of landmines in Cambodia. Since then its 3,500 staff, located in more than 60 countries worldwide, have worked on areas ranging from mine risk education to advocating for the rights […]

Madeleine Rees

Madeleine Rees Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was started in 1915 by 1,200 women who came together to study and eliminate the causes of war. Since then, two members have won the Nobel peace prize and the organisation has worked on issues of human […]

Michael Christ

Michael Christ Executive Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW) Michael Christ is Executive Director of International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). IPPNW is a federation of national medical organizations of doctors, medical students, and other health workers who share the goal of a more peaceful world. It […]

Jody Williams

Jody Williams Nobel Peace Prize winner for campaign to ban landmines Jody Williams was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for her work in achieving an international ban on the use of landmines. She is currently chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative and is working on issues ranging from sexual violence in […]

Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 along with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakkul Karman. Gbowee and other women lead a peace movement in Liberia which worked across religious and ethnic lines. After initially training as […]

Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama Lhamo Dondrub, the 14th Dalai Lama The 14th Dalai Lama, is the head monk of the Gelupga lineage of Tibetan Buddhism and a global social activist. The Dalai Lama has worked to spread the message of non-violence and religious harmony throughout the world. He is one of the most high profile and recognisable […]

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter Former US President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Former US President Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 for “his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts.” While President Carter’s achievements include the brokering of the Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel and the […]

Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan is the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations. During his time at the helm the UN he strengthened its peace keeping activities, initiated the Millennium Development Goals and supported efforts for states to recognise a responsibility to protect people from genocide and war crimes. Annan […]

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai Survivor and activist Malala Yousafzai is a young girl from Pakistan who was shot in the head when she was 15 by Taliban gunmen, due to her advocacy and activism for educational and women’s rights. She continues to advocate for the right of girls to go to school, even though the Taliban have […]

Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction

In 2011, at least 526,000 people died violent deaths around the world. Over three-quarters of these occurred in non-conflict settings. A wide range of people around the globe are working to change this depressing reality. But who are these men and women who have dedicated their lives to making the world a safer place? Members of […]