14.12.2011 - ODG

UNESCO Director General and the President of Liberia discuss girls’ and women’s education

©UNESCO/Danica Bijeljac - UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova and President of Liberia, HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, at the Academie Diplomatique Internationale, Paris, 13 December

UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova held a bilateral meeting, on 13 December, with the President of Liberia, HE Ellen Johnson Sirleaf at the Academie Diplomatique Internationale in Paris. The Director-General congratulated the President on her re-election and on winning the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize.

The two leaders discussed UNESCO’s Global partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education, launched in May 2011. The Director-General and the President explored the possibility of applying lessons learned in other countries to Liberia, especially for girls' secondary education, technical and vocational education and training for adolescents (girls and boys), preventing violence against women and halting teenage pregnancies.

President Johnson Sirleaf is a member of UNESCO’s High-level Panel on Girls’ and Women’s Education for Empowerment and Gender Equality set up to support the Global Partnership. During the meeting, she reiterated her commitment to the Panel and stated her readiness to support UNESCO's efforts to improve education for women and girls.

Irina Bokova and President Johnson Sirleaf also looked into possible collaboration for the protection of cultural heritage in Liberia and UNESCO’s Slave Route Project.

President Johnson Sirleaf restated her support to UNESCO and her appreciation of UNESCO’s work in her country. 

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