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Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace, a movement started by women, played a major role in bringing about an end to its nation’s 14-year civil war in 2003. Later, the movement helped bring to power Liberia’s first female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. And women continue to play major roles as Liberia seeks to heal its deep wounds and modernize its education and business environments. One of President Johnson Sirleaf’s former key lieutenants, Olubanke King-Akerele, who served as Minister of Foreign Affiars, has written a new book, “Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia: My Journey.”

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The Africa Program works to address the most critical issues facing Africa and U.S.-Africa relations, build mutually beneficial U.S.–Africa relations, and enhance knowledge and understanding about Africa in the United States. The Program achieves its mission through in-depth research and analyses, including our blog Africa Up Close, public discussion, working groups, and briefings that bring together policymakers, practitioners, and subject matter experts to analyze and offer practical options for tackling key challenges in Africa and in U.S.-Africa relations.    Read more