n African Security Review - Women hold up half the sky : peace and security lessons from Liberia : commentary

Volume 17, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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The Liberian response to challenges of peace and security is characterised by strong women in leading positions. The current government is led by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, the first democratically elected woman to hold the presidential office in Liberia and on the continent of Africa. In power since 2006, President Johnson-Sirleaf has come a long way in honouring the promises she made in her inaugural address : 'My Administration shall thus endeavour to give Liberian women prominence in all the affairs of our country. My Administration shall empower Liberian women in all areas of our national life' (All Africa 2008a). Women now hold senior positions in her Cabinet as ministers of foreign affairs, commerce and industry, gender and development, and youth and sports. Several of the Liberian ambassadors abroad are women, including those assigned to Belgium, China, Germany and the Nordic countries, Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa. Domestically, Monrovia has a female mayor, a female inspector-general of the national police force and a female commissioner on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (King-Akerele 2008).

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