The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: UNESCO Director-General, Nigerian Envoy Extol Liberian Diplomat

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Her Excellency Mrs. Irina Bokova, and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to France, His Excellency Mr. Akin O. Fayomi have praised the latest publication of the new book on democratic dispensation in Liberia under the leadership of President Sirleaf.

Also, the Program Director of the Doctorate Studies of the prestigious Graduate Institute for Strategic Studies, Diplomacy and International Relations in France, Dr. Fouad Nohra, has described the book as an informative material, and at the same time praised Liberians for their resilient to leave from the past and move their country forward into a positive direction.

The latest book title: "Liberia's Emerging Democracy",-the Role of Liberian Women and the Liberian Media, is authored by Mr. Josephus Moses Gray, former Assistant Foreign Minister for Public Affairs. He is working on his second publication title: Diplomacy: The Best Course for Conflict Resolution.

In a communication, the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to France, His Excellency Mr. Akin O. Fayomi said the book written from an insider points of view, will no doubt be an asset in search for knowledge on the evolution of democratic dispensation in Liberia.

He then commended the author for the effort put into producing publication he described as 'well researched', in spite of the author very busy engagement, while the Director-General of UNESCO, Mrs. Bokova praised the author for donating copy of the publication to her office.

UNESCO encourages diplomats and writers who have published books on women's issues, education and literacy, science and technology, culture and heritage, communication and media, gender equality and girls' education to donate copies of their publications to UNESCO's headquarters in Paris.

Mr. Gray is one of few African diplomats in France who have authored and published books on various subjects, while most western diplomats working in France have extensively written and published several books and journals on diplomacy and international relations.

Meanwhile, the latest book further discusses how Liberian women played a crucial role in getting warlords to the negotiating table eventually culminating to the attainment of peace and stability in the country.

In general, the book discusses the central role of Liberian women and in particular comments on the vigorous contributions of several Liberian women including our dynamic President, Mrs. Elle Johnson-Sirleaf who is making efforts to rebuild her country ravaged by years of war and improves the livelihood the population and gives hope to the hopeless and restore the nation's image abroad.

The book, he said highlights Liberian women as actors and not merely victims of conflict and discusses the strategies the women used effectively and points to their role in building bridges across society through grassroots peace building initiatives and in bringing former warlords to the peace table.

The book shows how Liberian journalists performed a critical role in bringing mayhems and atrocities committed during the heat of the war to light but also document how the journalists paid a greater price. The publication, however, indicts some local media and journalist of biased reporting by siding with the status quo, treating some candidates who contested elections with favor and giving less coverage to others.

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