EJS Presidential Center opens an application for 3 cohorts


…. The Amujae Initiative, the flagship program of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development, prepares and supports African women for the highest levels of public leadership

The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center) has opened applications for accomplished women leaders to join the third cohort of its flagship program, the Amujae Initiative. The program, launched in March 2020, aims to prepare African women to reach the highest levels of public leadership.

As Amujae leaders, program participants receive world-class mentoring and training. It is the only initiative in the world specifically designed to support talented African women leaders through direct mentoring from high-level leaders, including former heads of state and international organizations, who have paved the way forward. them. This includes receiving advice and ideas from former African presidents, including Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be democratically elected to the presidency of an African country.

The first two cohorts of Amujae leaders – a total of 30 women from 16 African countries – include current and former cabinet members, a governor, members of parliament, a mayor, senior officials, political party officials, activists and senior NGO leaders. These women seek to change the landscape of women’s public leadership in Africa and to open doors for other women.

African women who wish to join this exceptional group of accomplished and ambitious leaders can apply online from December 1, 2021 to January 23, 2022.

Future Amujae leaders should be women who:

• Are citizens and resident in any African country.

• Have already been invested in a public leadership journey with demonstrable achievements. This path may have evolved in various backgrounds and professional sectors and is not strictly limited to the public service. Sectors include, but are not limited to, public administration, politics, civil society, business, arts, media, sports, education, science, etc.

• Have the ambition to serve at the highest levels of public leadership.

• Have demonstrated a commitment to uplifting / empowering other women. • Are patriots, demonstrating their commitment and service to their country (ies) of origin.

To announce the opening of applications for the third cohort of Amujae Leaders, Ms. Sirleaf said:

“The representation of women at the highest levels of leadership – not just in Africa, but around the world – is essential as we seek to address our collective challenges and rebuild more inclusive and resilient societies. The women of the Amujae Initiative are not afraid to show their ambition and use their voice to call for change. Can’t wait to see the great heights they will reach and the things they will reach“said the Executive Director of the EJS Center, Dr Ophelia I. Weeks.

“The Amujae Initiative has created a unique fellowship of strong, ambitious and experienced women leaders,” added Dr Weeks. “The network they built has become an essential source of support and inspiration. As the network continues to grow over the next year, Amujae’s new cohort of leaders will join the effort to change the landscape of women in public leadership in Africa and bring in other women.

African women interested in learning more and applying for the program should visit: https://www.ejscenter.org/programs/amujae-initiative/apply-2022-amujae-leader-cohort/

The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center) was founded in 2018 to be a catalyst for political and social change across Africa by helping to unleash its most abundant latent power: its women. The EJS Center aims to amplify the voice of women and girls in all spheres of life by increasing the representation of women in public service leadership roles in Africa.

Through a unique blend of programming, advocacy, archival research and museum exhibits, the EJS Center seeks to become a leading institution dedicated to advancing and sustaining the political and social development of women in the world. continent. Through its work, the EJS Center envisions more voices heard, talents unleashed and leaders launched who put women’s aspirations first. Its mission is to champion the rise of women to the highest levels of leadership and to challenge systemic obstacles to the advancement of girls and women.

As Africa’s first democratically elected female president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ruled Liberia from 2006 to 2018. Having been recognized internationally for her leadership, she is passionate about supporting the next generation of women in life public across the continent, to advance their leadership journey.

The Amujae Initiative is the flagship program of the EJS Center. Amujae, pronounced Ó“ mōō jāēē, means “we are going up” in Kru, a Liberian language. Launched on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020, the vision of the Amujae Initiative is to change the landscape of women in public leadership in Africa, from a symbolic culture to one that truly values ​​women leaders.

The EJS Center inspires and prepares women to shamelessly assume roles and excel at the highest levels of public leadership, and to bring in other women.


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