Event Date and time: Thursday 1st December 2016 | 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM

Venue details: Attlee Suite, Portcullis House | House of Commons Westminster | London SW1A 0AA

Organisers: Africa APPG baileyh@parliament.uk

Event website: Africa APPG – Reflections on African female leadership with President Sirleaf of Liberia

Event cost: Free

In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made history by becoming the first democratically elected female president of an African country. A decade later and as President Sirleaf gets ready to leave office in January 2018, what will be her legacy both in Liberia and on the continent? With a handful of exceptions, there’s acute gender disparity in most African Parliaments and the majority of political parties are still predominantly male-dominated. A stalwart of female leadership, President Sirleaf and her co-panellists will discuss the main challenges for the political participation of women in Africa and what can be done to support and encourage more women to pursue elected office.

Speakers:

Key note: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Chair of the Economic Community of West African State

Riva Levinson – President & CEO of KRL International & Author of Choosing the Hero: My Improbable Journey and the Rise of Africa’s First Woman President

Prof. Funmi Olonisakin – Professor of Security, Leadership & Development at King’s College London & founding Director of the African Leadership Centre

Chair: Anne McLaughlin MP, Vice Chair for West Africa for the Africa APPG

The speaker panel will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Please allow at least 15 minutes to clear security at Portcullis House visitors entance. The Attlee Suite is on the first floor.

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