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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Post-Conflict Democratic Consolidation: The Liberian Experience

Mar 6, 2018

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As president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first democratically elected female head of state in Africa and is known worldwide as a leading advocate for freedom, peace, justice, women’s empowerment and democratic rule. The 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner (along with two additional recipients), Johnson Sirleaf was recognized for her struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in democratic processes and peace-building work. Johnson Sirleaf is renowned for her efforts to promote peace, reconciliation and recovery following Liberia’s decade-long civil war, as well as social and economic development in the country in which she was born. During her two terms as president, she attracted more than $16 billion in foreign direct investment and more than $5 million in private resources, to focus on goals such as rebuilding schools, clinics and markets.