Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Empowering Women Around the World

Liberia has been preparing for some time to host the International Colloquium on Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace and Security. Preparations were well underway and excitement was building during LOEP's recent visit, and I'm so sorry that we were not able to be there for this monumental event that coincided with International Women's Day (March 8).

Thirsty for all things Liberia, I have been enjoying online reports about the Colloquium. I came across an excellent account of the festivities today, found on this blog by Nadine B. Hack. I got goosebumps reading this! It's so inspiring to know that there are so many people working together to empower and educate women and girls on so many levels worldwide. What a fantastic and moving event!

Here in Atlanta, I was able to celebrate International Women's Day by attending a special viewing of Sheila C. Johnson's documentary, A Powerful Noise. The film was broadcast in 450 theaters across the United States last Thursday, and was followed by a live broadcast of a panel discussion moderated by NBC news anchor Ann Curry. Panelists Madeline Albright, Natalie Portman, Christy Turlington Burns, Nicholas Kristof, and Dr. Helene Gayle were quite impressive and provided wonderful insight. President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was referenced in the discussion, as the first female elected president in Africa. The event was quite compelling, and I highly recommend the film which features women impacting their communities and the world in Vietman, Mali, and Bosnia.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much for this post! It is quite exciting. I found Nadine hack's blog yesterday also and will follow along with you.

    Beth I