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Congratulations to Female Nobel Peace Laureates #Nobelpeaceprize

From Sec. Clinton:

“I am delighted to send heartfelt congratulations to Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [see previous post “Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: ‘A Victor of Circumstances’”], Yemeni activist Tawakkul Karman and Liberian peace activist Leymah Roberta Gbowee for the prestigious honor of sharing this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. They are shining examples of the difference that women can make and the progress they can help achieve when given the opportunity to make decisions about the future of their societies and countries.

“The unflinching courage, strength and leadership of these women to build peace, advance reconciliation, and defend the rights of fellow citizens in their own countries provide inspiration for women’s rights and human progress everywhere. This recognition of their extraordinary accomplishments reflects the efforts of many other women who are promoting peace and security in their countries and communities. I want to commend the Nobel Committee for recognizing the powerful role women are playing in building peace and ending conflict around the world.”

http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2011/10/175164.htm

October 7, 2011 at 3:37 pm Leave a comment

Cecelia Doe: Persistence Pays Off in Liberia

In this post on the BRAC blog, Susan Davis, President & CEO of BRAC USA describes a recent trip to Liberia, and a remarkable woman entrepreneur and activist she met there:

“I was very impressed to meet Cecelia Doe, certainly one of the most articulate and dynamic women in Liberia. As a spokesperson for the Cotton Tree Christian Women Association,Cecilia explained to me that the Association was founded in 2006 and currently has 100 members…  Despite their current success, the road to achieving it was not easy. According to Cecilia, the Association petitioned Firestone for over two years in order to obtain the rights to use the land where the rice is now being cultivated.”

Read the full post: http://blog.bracusa.org/2011/05/brac-usa-president-ceo-reviews-her.html?utm_content=aasplin1%40jhu.edu&utm_source=VerticalResponse&utm_medium=Email&utm_term=Cecilia%20Doe&utm_campaign=How%20Young%20People%20are%20Changing%20the%20Worldcontent

June 27, 2011 at 12:06 pm Leave a comment

Women leading change in Liberia

“In Liberia, where rape surpasses even armed robbery as the most reported crime — and some 40% of all victims are under the age of 12 — women are attempting to reverse a legacy of discrimination and abuse, in part, with the assistance of UN Women. ‘The biggest challenge is education for women and it is the biggest tool for empowerment, and that’s what we are trying to address,’ said Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first woman to be elected president in an African country.”

Read more (& video): http://edition.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/03/10/liberia.women/

March 22, 2011 at 11:58 am Leave a comment

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: “A Victor of Circumstances”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the President of Liberia, is known as the “Iron Lady of Africa.”  She spoke of the need to balance toughness and sensitivity and opined that being a woman helped her strike that balance of scary and grandmotherly.

She also commented that she would not have accomplished as much as she has done if she had been a man.  “To go through all I’ve been through… and being a woman, it really set me apart.  You could call me a victor of circumstances.”

December 7, 2010 at 4:55 pm 1 comment


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