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Become a Research Partner – Baseline Study on Women’s Leadership

EJS Center / Become a Research Partner – Baseline Study on Women’s Leadership

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 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 exhibitions, the EJS Center seeks to become a premier institution dedicated to advancing and sustaining women’s political and social development on the continent.

As a result of its work, the EJS Center envisions more voices heard, talents unleashed, and leaders launched that prioritize the aspirations of women. Its mission is to champion women’s ascension to the highest levels of leadership and challenge systemic barriers to girls and women’s advancement.

Research on African women’s participation and leadership in public governance is limited. Much of the existing literature focuses on one aspect of the public governance architecture: women’s representation in the legislature/parliament. Significant research gaps exist concerning the participation and leadership of African women in the judiciary, the executive, as well as in regional and international institutions.  In addition, where such research exists, the data privileges a limited number of countries.

The EJS Center seeks to become a leading voice in challenging the state of women’s participation in public life in Africa and provide thought leadership on how change can be affected. To this end,  the EJS Center is conducting a baseline study on women’s participation in public leadership in Africa. The full list of countries we wish to gather data on can be found in the RFP.

The study will:

  • Generate baseline data on the state of women’s public leadership in Africa.
  • Provide foundational data that will support/ direct the Center’s current and future programmatic activities.
  • Create a public stock of research outputs that are useful in advancing inclusive governance.

For more information on this project and how to apply, please click here to download the full RFP.

Submissions can be made by emailing the requested documents to

The deadline for submissions is the 30th of September 2021 by 23:59 hrs GMT.