Since the international land mine treaty she spearheaded took effect in 1999, annual casualties worldwide have dropped from 26,000 to 20,000, and more than 4 million land mines have been pulled from the ground and disarmed.
As founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, she won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997, the same year a global treaty was negotiated.
She’d started the work at the behest of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation in 1991. A land mine blast usually leaves people blinded and burned, with smashed limbs and shrapnel wounds.
Williams’ advice to would-be leaders immobilized by the number of worthy causes out there: Pick something!
—Adapted from “Jody Williams: Her schedule,” Kathryn Whitbourne, Pink.