Openings Announced For Third Cohort -Amujae Initiative Seeks Applications from Accomplished Women

Though Africa’s first democratically elected president has since left the political scene, having broken the glass ceiling to sit amongst the “Clubs of Boys” as the African Union or its predecessor, the Organization of African Unity, was comically called, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is leaving no stone unturned in pushing for a more gender-balanced African leadership. She is coaching and empowering young women of substance to push their ways through the broken glass ceiling as to dismantle or be coequals in what in effect is a Continental Patriarchy. The next cycle of Madam Sirleaf’s mentoring program coming through the Amujae Initiative is announcing the recruitment of interested feminist-hearted women for a third session. The Analyst peeped at the announcement and now reports.

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, is aimed at preparing African women to reach the highest echelons of public leadership.

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

As Amujae Leaders, participants in the program receive world-class mentorship and training. It is the only initiative in the world that is specifically designed to support talented African women leaders through direct coaching from high-level leaders including former heads of state and heads of international organizations, who have forged the path before them. This includes receiving advice and insight from former African women Presidents including Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman to be democratically elected as president of an African country.

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

African women seeking to join this outstanding group of accomplished and ambitious leaders can apply online from 1 December 2021 to 23 January 2022.

Aspiring Amujae Leaders should be women who are citizens of and reside in any African country; have already been invested in a public leadership journey with demonstrable accomplishments.

The journey may have evolved in various professional backgrounds and sectors and is not strictly limited to public service. Sectors include but are not limited to public administration, politics, civil society, business, arts, media, sports, education, sciences, etc.

The applicants are also required to have the ambition to serve at the highest levels of public leadership; have demonstrated a commitment towards the uplifting/empowerment of other women; are patriotic, demonstrating commitment and service to their home country/countries.

To announce the opening of applications for the third cohort of Amujae Leaders, Madam Sirleaf said: “Women’s representation at the highest levels of leadership – not just in Africa, but around the world – is essential as we seek to confront our collective challenges and build back more inclusive, resilient societies. The women in the Amujae Initiative are unafraid to show their ambition and use their voices to call for change. I am eager to see the great heights they will reach and the things they will achieve.

EJS Center Executive Director Dr. Ophelia I. Weeks added: “The Amujae Initiative has created a unique sisterhood of strong, ambitious, and experienced women leaders. The network they have built has come to be an essential source of support and inspiration. As the network continues to grow over the next year, the new cohort of Amujae Leaders will join the effort to shift the landscape for women in public leadership in Africa and bring other women along.”

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