Good news: Ellen Sirleaf Johnson

January 18, 2007 at 8:09 am 1 comment

Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, President of Liberia, one of the few women heads of state in the world – and the first one in Africa – celebrates her first year in office this week.

The president, who has called Liberia’s 70 percent illiteracy rate a stumbling block to development, has vowed to provide universal education and has emphasized the importance of educating girls in particular

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Entry filed under: Diversity and equality, Women in Africa.

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  • 1. Grace  |  January 18, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Definitely good news, but my celebrations were tempered by reports out this week of rising levels of rape and sexual exploitation of women and girls in post-war Liberia. The most shocking aspect to me is the age of the victims – many as young as 5 years old. I would hope Johnson-Sirleaf’s focus on education could go some way to tackling this issue.

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