Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Outstanding Achievements

Carol Roach By Carol Roach, 11th Oct 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/l0t6g5c0/
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The 2011 Nobel peace prize winners have been awarded to three very brave women for their outstanding efforts to make this world a better place. Unfortunately, Montreal and the rest of Canada have yet to produce a female Nobel prize winner but we will. It is just a matter of time.

Council of Women World Leaders

The 2011 female Nobel prize winners were Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Lemah Gbowee, and Tawakkol Karman.

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
is currently the president of Liberia. She is the only democratically elected female of state in all of Africa.

Foreign Policy

As one of the first functions in office, Helen Johnson Sirleaf’s first trip to neighbouring Côte d'Ivoire was to make repairs with that country. President Laurent Gbagbo and his government supported Liberia during the second civil war.


Sirleaf continued a strong union with the United States. AFRICOM was set up by the United States military and Sirleaf offered the USA to headquarter the new program. This was a first in Africa. However the headquarters for the program was finally decided to be in Stuttgart, Germany. “On 15 March 2006, President Sirleaf addressed a joint meeting of the United States Congress, asking for American support to help her country “become a brilliant beacon, an example to Africa and the world of what love of liberty can achieve.”

Ties with China

Helen Johnson Sirleaf has also strengthened political ties with China by supporting their One-China policy. In turn China has helped Liberia extend their broadcasting system by providing transmitters housed at the University of Liberia.

Council of Women World Leaders

President Sirleaf is also a member of the Council of Women World Leaders, a committee of women heads of state and former leaders who are dedicated to effective action on issues that matter to women, equitable development, and democracy across the world.

Severs ties with Libya

Sirleaf opposed the direction Libya was taking after the Libyan civil war in 2010 -2011. She stated, "The Government took the decision after a careful review of the situation in Libya and determined that the Government of Colonel Gaddafi has lost the legitimacy to govern Libya." However, she had previously opposed international intervention because, "violence does not help the process whichever way it comes"

Zero tolerance on corruption

The Sirleaf administration

Striving for peace within the country of Liberia

One of the first things Sirleaf did was to promote national reconciliation within her country. She appointed opposition leaders to her cabinet.

Women in power

Sirleaf also appointed women to be ministers in her cabinet, the initial appointments were: minister of finance, law, commercial, youth and sports minister, gender development and industry. She originally wanted an all female cabinet but was unable to find enough females who were qualified

Zero tolerance on corruption

This was Sirleaf’s promise to the people, however, there are critics who maintain that there is still corruption within the government. “Information Minister Lawrence Bropleh was sacked in 2008 over allegations that he had stolen more than $200,000 in state funds, while Internal Affairs Minister Ambullai Johnson, Sirleaf's brother, was dismissed in 2010 after the disappearance of funds for county development.” Sirleaf stated that she was still fighting corruption but the processes was impeded by her passing major financial reforms. She also pointed to the fact that she, “ established the Liberian Anti-Corruption Commission and the restructuring of the General Auditing Commission.”

Sirleaf had dismissed her entire cabinet and created a new one in 2010 as a way to fight government corruption. Seven of her nineteen cabinet members were replaced.

Honors and awards

In 2006 Sirleaf was nominated as the 51st most powerful woman in the world by Forbes Magazine.

“In 2010, Newsweek listed her as one of the ten best leaders in the world, while Time counted her among the top ten female leaders.That same year, The Economist called her "arguably the best president the country has ever had.

Sirleaf’s awards cited in Wikipedia

Recipient of the 1988 Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute Freedom of Speech Award
Ralph Bunche International Leadership Award
Grand commander Star of Africa Redemption of Liberia
Commandeur de l'Ordre du Togo (Commander of the Order of Togo)
2006 Common Ground Award recipient, Search for Common Ground
2006 Laureate of the Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger, The Hunger Project
2006 Distinguished Fellow, Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning, Emory University
2006 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws from Marquette University
2006 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award from Synergos
2007 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award given by the United States, awarded to Sirleaf by U.S. President George W. Bush on 5 November 2007
2008 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University
2008 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Brown University
2009 Awarded the EITI Award for "the rapid progress the country has made towards implementation of the EITI"
2009 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the University of Tampa
2010 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Yale University
2010 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
2010 Friend of the Media in Africa Award from The African Editor's Union
2011 Awarded Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard University
2011 African Gender Award
2011 Nobel Peace Prize,

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Nobel Prize Winner the President of Liberia, Ellen Johsnon Sirleaf

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Awesome post and what a lady!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Carol, thanks for sharing such a great article. I find these articles to be delightful. It's nice to know that there are some very powerful women in the world that have succeeded in making changes.

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author avatar Retired
12th Oct 2015 (#)

Amazing achievements, definitely inspiring!

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