Women leaders from around the world today convened a 2-day International Colloquium for Women’s Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security here in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa, with three Presidents, Finland, Senegal, Rwanda, and host country Liberia in attendance.
Delegates from the Colloquium also came from Americas Region, includes the Governor of Canada, Former Premier of Bermuda, former Primes Minister of Netherlands Antills, and Acting U.S. Assistant Secretary for the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.
According to the organizers, the Colloquium, conceptualized in 2006 during the inauguration of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, gathered over 1000 women participants and their champions.
The conference which is co-convened by the Liberian leader, President Sirleaf and Tarja Halonen of Finland, seeks to create an environment for women around the world to discuss, learn, demonstrate, and act on the lessons from women in leadership, peace and security.
As part of the Colloquium, women from around the world attending the event will be able to interact with other women world leaders to discuss issues relating to women’s empowerment , leadership, peace and security, and will also come away new tools, information, and partners to help t5hem achieve their goals, and to collectively advance women in leadership.
Her opening statement, the Liberian leader, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf commended the Presidents of Canada, Senegal and Rwanda for their role in the success planning of the event.
Making her remarks, the President of Finland, Madam Tarja Halonen expressed the happiness for the Colloquium, and said she is grateful for the event in Liberia, stressing, “We are happy for this meeting taking place in Liberia, we must fight violence against women; rape and others ”.
She said it is important for women of the world to be empowered, and called all women around to get involve in fighting crimes against women, adding, “We support the United Nations Secretary General who calling for halt all violence against women”.
Several topics during the colloquium featuring prominent women around the world will be deliberated, including: Making a Difference Through Women’s Leadership, Women Empowerment and Equal Opportunities, Security Council Resolution 1324, Gender Based Violence Affecting Women in Post Conflict, Millennium Development Goa Three.
Others topics to be presented also include, Global Financial Crisis and Impact on Women, Economic Empowerment and Decent Work, Advancing Women’s Sexual and Reproductive to Empowerment and Leadership, Climate Change, Migration and Youth.
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