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President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

First Female President of Liberia & Nobel Peace Laureate
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Biography

Internationally known as Africa's "Iron Lady," President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is a leading promoter of peace, justice, and democratic rule. As Africa's first democratically elected female president, she has led the war-torn nation of Liberia to restored freedom and peace while enacting economic, social, and political change. Her incredible journey was chronicled in her memoir, This Child Will Be Great.

Also seen as a global leader for women's empowerment, President Johnson Sirleaf was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 for her work in securing women's rights. Previously, in 2007, she was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom - the United States' highest civil award - for her personal courage and unwavering commitment to expanding freedom and improving the lives of Africans. In 2015, she was named #16 on Fortune's list of World's Greatest Leaders, which is composed of ­extraordinary men and women who are transforming business, government, philanthropy and so much more.

Whether focusing on providing for the basic needs of her people, striving to end corruption, or advocating for women of all walks of life - not only in Liberia and Africa but across the globe - President Johnson Sirleaf lives a life of courage and vision. Her encouraging message of peace, human rights, economic empowerment, and moral leadership leaves audiences inspired to make a change in the world.

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Topics

Combating Corruption & Crime to Foster Peace

Poverty & Development, Conflict & Peace

The Challenges of Lasting Peace

Africa & Its Place in the World

Leading the World with the Iron Lady's Touch

Securing Global Women's Rights

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