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The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center) has announced the second cohort of accomplished African women to join its flagship program, the Amujae Initiative.

The initiative was launched last year by former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, with the aim of inspiring and preparing women to unapologetically take up roles and excel in the highest echelons of public leadership, and to bring other women along.

The second cohort of 15 women leaders joining the program comes from 11 countries across the African continent. They include current and former government ministers, a governor, a member of parliament, senior government advisors, and activists engaged with issues ranging from refugee rights to gender equality and youth empowerment.

Former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said:

“We are delighted to welcome the 2021 cohort of Amujae Leaders. They have already achieved tremendous success over the course of their careers, and they have the drive and the talent to reach even greater heights. They join the initiative at a moment when women’s leadership is more important than ever before, as countries across our continent grapple with building back stronger after COVID-19.”

These talented women will build upon the foundations laid by the inaugural cohort of Amujae Leaders and will be supported by a distinguished group of Amujae Coaches including former heads of state and leaders of international institutions, who provide insight and guidance drawn from their invaluable experience in public leadership.

EJS Center Executive Director, Dr. Ophelia Weeks added:

“Over the course of this past year, I have seen how the inaugural cohort of Amujae Leaders has come together, forging a lasting bond that will not only help them advance in their individual pursuits but also create a step change in women’s public leadership across the continent. I am so pleased that this network continues to grow and flourish, and I look forward to seeing what the new cohort of Amujae Leaders will achieve.”