This weekend, in honor of International Women’s Day, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia hosted the International Colloquium for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security in Monrovia. The Colloquium, conceptualized in 2006 during Sirleaf’s inauguration (as the first female president in Africa), brought together more than 400 international participants and 400 Liberian national participants, across all sectors. The Conference aimed to create an environment for women and their champions around the world to discuss, learn, demonstrate and act on the benefits and lessons learned from women in leadership.
Ambassador Swanee Hunt gives a lively first-hand account of the event here, and Ruth Levinson, another attendee, provides her own narrative here on AllAfrica. Star Radio and other Liberian news media covered the event with day to day updates.
The below video was prepared by the conference staff. To learn more about Liberia, you can join us here at the Council this Thursday March 12th for a screening of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, a powerful documentary that tells the inspiring story of ordinary Liberian women organizing to bring peace to their war-torn country. Paul van Zyl, Co-founder of the ICTJ, will discuss transitional justice in action, focusing on the lessons learned in Liberia, and their relevance for other societies struggling to break cycles of conflict and violence.
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