In the 1980s, while studying at University of Vermont, Jody Williams became involved in aid work in war-torn El Salvador and Nicaragua, where she saw first hand the devastation caused by landmines. In 1992, she founded the International Campaign to Ban landmines, a citizens' initiative. In 1997, as a result of her relentless campaign, an International Treaty banning landmines was adopted. Currently, 161 countries are signatories to the treaty.
In recognition of her efforts, Ms. Williams was awarded Nobel Prize for Peace in 1997. Ms. Williams' memoir, My name is Jody Williams, has been published by the University of California Press (2013). Copies of the book will be available at UN Bookshop.