Betty Williams

Location: Ireland

The winner of the 1976 Nobel Peace Prize, Betty Williams is a steadfast peace activist. In 1976, Williams witnessed the death of three young siblings who were struck by a car whose driver, an Irish Republican Army member, had been shot to death. Outraged by the event, Williams began publicly demonstrating for peace as she fought to end sectarian violence and the use of terrorism to pursue political goals. The recipient of numerous awards, including the People's Peace Prize of Norway and the Schweitzer Medallion for Courage, Williams currently serves as the President of World Centers for Compassion for Childre