Former President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Mayor of Freetown, Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr attended the second convening of the Amujae Leaders Programme that was held on 30th October, 2021 in Monrovia, Liberia.

The Amujae Initiative is the EJS Centre’s flagship program, whose mission is to inspire and prepare women to unapologetically take up roles and excel in the highest echelons of public leadership, and to bring other women along.

Women leaders from across the African continent including Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr converged in Monrovia for the second Amujae Leadership Forum convened by the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Center for Women and Development (EJS Center).

The Forum was facilitated by Ama Van Dantzig, Co-Founder of Dr. Monk, and included addresses and workshops headed by several distinguished speakers including former Liberian President Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf; and Ambassador Deborah Malac, former United States Ambassador to Liberia and Board Chair of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Foundation, among others on the theme of “Building Resilience” during uncertain times.

With excitement, Her Worship Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr wrote on her official Facebook page;

“It has been an absolute privilege and joy to participate in the second convening of the Amujae Leaders Programme. This flagship initiative of the President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Centre has brought together 30 women from across Africa and I am thrilled that 3 of these women are from Sierra Leone!

I leave Monrovia today inspired, motivated and more certain than ever that women have a significant role to play to unlock the development potential of our countries and our continent. So much was said and I take so much away with me. There was however one phrase that really stood out for me as a woman leader and which I want to share with all other women: “We must refuse to leave the room!”