Medea Benjamin

Author, Co-Director CODEPINK

Country of focus: Iran, Saudi Arabia, United States
Based in Washington D.C

Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) is co-founder of the women-led peace group CODEPINK and  co-founder of the human rights group Global Exchange. She is the author of ten books, including Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control and Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection. Her book Inside Iran: The Real History and Politics of the Islamic Republic of Iran, is part of a campaign to prevent a war with Iran and instead promote normal trade and diplomatic relations. She is also involved in a campaign to get American cities, pensions, universities and elected officials to Divest for War.

Described as “one of America’s most committed — and most effective — fighters for human rights” by New York Newsday, and “one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement” by the Los Angeles Times, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nominated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide.

Her articles appear regularly in outlets such as The Guardian, Salon, The Huffington Post, CommonDreams, Alternet and The Hill.