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From the Executive

FAWE joins women leaders in Liberia empowerment, leadership colloquium

Friday, 6 March 2009

FAWE Chairperson Hon. Simone de Comarmond and FAWE Executive Director Dr Codou Diaw are in Monrovia, Liberia, attending the International Colloquium on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security.

FAWE was invited by Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia to join 800 international and Liberian female heads of state and government, ministers, business leaders, NGOs and community leaders in the Colloquium that runs from 7 to 8 March 2009 and coincides with International Women’s Day on 8 March.

The Colloquium aims to fulfill the aims of the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security to ensure that women are protected from abuse in conflict situations and play an effective role in helping their countries address conflict and its impact.

Hon. de Comarmond will be a panelist in the thematic session chaired by UNGEI on 8 March on Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3. The session will focus on how quality primary education for all girls and boys (MDG 2) supports the empowerment of women (MDG) for leadership, peace and security. The other panelists in the session will be Dr Jyoti Parikh, Executive Director of Integrated Research and Action for Development, India, and Hon. Dr Joseph D. Korto, Minister of Education, Liberia.

Dr Diaw will facilitate a breakout group session to discuss ideas for action relating to a key issue emerging from the earlier panel discussion and formulate recommendations for concrete action to link quality basic education for all girls and boys with empowerment of women for leadership, peace and security. Dr Diaw will facilitate the group discussion jointly with Dr Evelyn Kandakai, Director of Liberia Education Trust and former Minister of Education, Liberia.

The Colloquium will also see the launch of the Angie Brooks International Centre on Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, Peace and Security which will be based in Monrovia and will support the implementation of actions emerging from the Colloquium.

Furthermore, the meeting will initiate capacity-building projects geared towards supporting women’s political leadership through links between current and former women heads of state and government and future leaders.

The Colloquium is co-chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Liberia, Hon. Olubanke King-Akerele, and the Minister of Gender and Development of Liberia, Hon. Vabah Gayflor.

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