21 January 2013

Liberia: Gbowee Foundation Hosts Nobel Delegation

An all-women's delegation comprised of four Nobel Peace Laureates, journalists, businesswomen, global and grassroots women's rights activists and philanthropists are in Monrovia on a six-day visit to Liberia.

A release issued here on Friday, January 18, 2013 said the delegates will listen and learn from women working towards peace and reconciliation in the country, particularly on issues related to sexual violence.

The delegates hope to take to the United States and Canada a greater understanding of the important contributions Liberian women are making to sustain peace, as well as challenges they face. The release said the delegates will communicate what they learnt to international policymakers, including those in the US, Canada and Europe.

The Nobel Women's Initiative are expected to meet with a wide range of non-governmental women's groups, UN personnel, Youth & Student Leaders, the Women Legislative Caucus and other high-level Government Officials, Women Peace-builders in Totota &Weala, Bong County, amongst others.

The delegation is organized by the Nobel Women's Initiative, an organization created by women Nobel Peace Laureates who support the work of women forging peace in conflict and post-conflict areas of the world.

GPFA's President, Nobel Peace Laureate Leymah Roberta Gbowee is a member of the Nobel Women's Initiative, and Co-Chair of the International Campaign to Stop Rape & Gender Violence in Conflict.

Following their tour in Liberia, members of the Nobel Women's Initiative delegation will also visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to bring pressure to bear on African leadership in the African Union to commit more political will to ending rape and sexual violence.

Before leaving Liberia, the delegation will hold a press conference on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 where the media will have the opportunity to engage the Nobel Laureates directly.

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