Sirleaf Announces Support for Women Change Agents & Peace Makers

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, accepting the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership in Kigali on April 27, announced establishment of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development "to support women as agents of change, makers of peace, and drivers of progress." She is the first woman and sixth former leader to receive the $5 million prize. "I am convinced it was a restless spirit which drove me to public service and propelled me forward towards dreams I had yet to even visualize," she said in her acceptance address, adding "this restless soul cannot rest as there is still more work to do."  She also criticized African leaders who "cling to power for decades, deaf to the cries of their populations for change." More details.


Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former President of Liberia, accepting the $5 million Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership during a special Leadership Ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda. #MIFKigali.


  • Public Service in Africa

    Mo Ibrahim Foundation
    Publication Date:
    27 April 2018

    Without strong public services and committed civil servants, at local, national, regional or continental levels, there will be no efficient delivery ... see more »


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