Medea Benjamin is Founding Director of Global Exchange. For over twenty years, Medea has supported human rights and social justice struggles around the world.
Medea is a leading activist in the peace movement and helped bring together the groups forming the coalition United for Peace and Justice.
She is also the co-founder of CODEPINK: Women for Peace, a women's group that has been organizing creative actions against the war and occupation of Iraq. CODEPINK is pushing for a reorientation of budget priorities in the US to focus on heath care, education and housing, not war. Code Pink now has over 250 chapters throughout the United States. 2006 saw the release of Code Pink's book, Stop the Next War Now: Effective Responses to Violence and Terrorism, which she co-edited with Jodie Evans. "Stop the Next War Now" is a diverse collection of essays from the peace movement's freshest, most dynamic voices, including Barbara Ehrenreich, Eve Ensler, Arianna Huffington, Alice Walker, Helen Thomas, Camilo Mejia and Jody Williams.
In 2005, Medea was nominated as one of 1,000 exceptional women from around the world to receive the Nobel Peace Prize as part of the project "1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize 2005." The project selected 1,000 exceptional women from around the globe to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize collectively, representing the many anonymous women who work for peace, justice, human rights, security and education worldwide.