Ellen Johnson Sirleaf dedicates $5M prize to women’s empowerment

Former Liberian President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday accepted a $5 million prize for excellence in African leadership -- and said she'll use it to establish a center for the empowerment of women. Sirleaf, the first woman to be awarded the Mo Ibrahim Prize, gave her acceptance speech on the opening night of the Ibrahim Governance Weekend in Kigali, Rwanda.
May 8, 2018
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