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Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, has just been awarded the 2017 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. This Prize recognises her relentless commitment to human rights and democracy in Liberia.
As the first elected female Head of State in Africa, Ms. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has tirelessly strived for peace and national reconciliation since she took over the Presidency of her country which was torn by civil war. This prize, together with the Nobel Peace Prize she was awarded in 2011, confirms the fundamental role that women play in securing peace and socioeconomic development in Africa.
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation confirms yet again its contribution to governance and leadership in the continent. It is thanks to its efforts, together with many other African initiatives, that young generations in Africa enjoy, and can contribute to, the social economic and political development for their future.