Betty Williams: "Creating Safe Havens for the World's Children"


Betty Williams

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Mills Godwin Jr. Building - Auditorium

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President's Lecture Series; Jacobson/Wallenberg Humanitarian Speaker


Betty Williams, founder of the World Center of Compassion for Children and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, discusses the nature of war in Northern Ireland especially as it has impacted children and the need for them to be politically represented.

n 1976, Williams was awarded the Nobel Prize as a co-founder of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement, which was dedicated to ending sectarian violence. Williams started the organization with Mairead Corrigan after three of Corrigan's nieces and nephews were run down by a getaway car carrying Irish Republican Army guerrillas.

For more than 20 years, Williams has traveled the world, working with fellow Nobel laureates to evaluate and come to the aid of areas where the cause of peace, and especially the safety and well-being of children, is at risk.

In 1997, she founded the nonprofit organization World Center of Compassion for Children (WCCC), which works to create safe havens where children will be fed, sheltered, nurtured and encouraged to grow to their fullest potential. With the aid of other organizations, the WCCC enables children to regularly address the United Nations General Assembly and establish a voice within the Court of Human Rights.

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72:00 min


A 1/2" VHS copy of this lecture is available in the Special Collections & University Archives Department of Old Dominion University Perry Library. Call #: LD4331.A57 2003c

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