President Sirleaf To Speak at ‘World Assembly for Women’

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is set to deliver the Keynote Address at the ‘World Assembly for Women’. The President departed Liberia on Tuesday, headed for Tokyo, Japan to attend the 2nd annual conference, according to an Executive Mansion press release.

According to the event’s host, this year’s World Assembly for Women, will bring together 140 leaders of various fields from more than 40 countries and 7 international organizations. The conference is one of the efforts to achieve “a society where women shine”. The two-day conference begins on August 28th and ends August 29th.

The World Assembly for Women 2015 session topics will include Work-Life Balance Management, Women and Peace-Building  Implementing Diversity and Innovation, Improvement of Women’s Quality of Life and Restroom and Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction. According to the event’s host, the sessions will provide a platform for discussion about the promotion of women’s participation in our society from a broad perspective.

Since the start of her presidency, President Sirleaf has championed for women’s rights and women’s issues. In 2011, President Sirleaf was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Tawakel Karman of Yemen and Leymah Gbowee of Liberia. The trio were recognized for their non-violent battle  for the safety of women and for women’s rights to total participation in peace-building work.

Also while in Japan, President Sirleaf is expected to receive  confirmation on the commitment of Japan to complete the construction of the second two lanes of Somalia Drive from Freeport to Red Light during planned bilateral talks with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzō Abe. Construction of the first two lanes and bridges began last year,  but the Ebola outbreak halted all operations. Work is expected to resume in October 2015, according to the press release.

The President is expected back in Liberia on Sunday, August 30th.


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