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“I look forward to working with The Elders to inspire people everywhere, particularly women and girls, to reach for their true potential, break through barriers and pursue their dreams.”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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Africa’s first elected female Head of State

“Africa now knows what a woman President can do.”

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

Promoter of peace, justice and democracy

"Be not afraid to denounce injustice, though you may be outnumbered. Be not afraid to seek peace, even if your voice may be small. Be not afraid to demand peace."

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

European Union 2013 - European Parliament
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Health for all champion

“The world’s health system is only as strong as its weakest link. Investing in primary healthcare is the best way to detect and stop local outbreaks before they become global pandemics.”

"An uncontrolled contagion, no matter where in the world, and no matter how localised, is a threat to all of humanity."

ELLEN JOHNSON SIRLEAF

BIOGRAPHY

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Former President of Liberia and Africa’s first elected female head of state; Nobel Peace Laureate; a leading promoter of peace, justice and democratic rule; a voice for freedom and a champion for health for all having led Liberia during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak.
1980
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is forced to flee Liberia and her position as Finance Minister following a coup d’etat
2003
Returns to Liberia to chair the Governance Reform Commission of the Transitional Government
2006
President of Liberia (2006-2018)
2011
Nobel Peace Laureate
2019
Joined The Elders
2020-Present
Co-chair of the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPR)

"The Elders’ work to promote justice, equality and human rights is needed more than ever."

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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