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.


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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