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Through its various pillars of work, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Center for Women and Development (EJS Center)envisions more voices heard, talents unleashed, and leaders launched that prioritize the aspirations of women.


The Amujae Initiative

The Amujae Initiative is the flagship program of the EJS Center. Amujae, pronounced ӓ mōō jāēē, means ‘we are going up’ in Kru, a Liberian language. 

Launched on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2020, the vision for the Amujae Initiative is to shift the landscape for women in public leadership in Africa, moving from a culture of tokenism to one that truly values women leaders. 

Its 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. 


The EJS Center is working to establish the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Library, which will house physical and virtual archives detailing the history of African women’s leadership and highlighting Madam Sirleaf’s legacy. This will be the first Presidential Library for a woman President in the world.

The library will be a space for knowledge sharing and will provide a collaborative environment where African women leaders can work together to build networks of support and forge strategies to challenge systemic barriers to girls’ and women’s advancement.


Through its strategic research and communications efforts, the EJS Center highlights the importance of women’s public leadership and gender equality.  


The EJS Center conducts a range of communications activities, including showcasing the work carried out by Amujae Leaders and sharing Madam Sirleaf’s efforts to advocate for gender equality. The Center actively engages journalists across Africa and around the world, raising awareness about the benefits that women’s public leadership brings to societies and economies—and working to level the playing field for women seeking the highest leadership positions.  

 The EJS Center also has a robust news operation of its own, leveraging its platform to highlight the work of inspiring women leaders within the Center’s network and beyond. 


Through its research activities, the EJS Center uncovers the systemic barriers faced by women leaders—or those seeking leadership roles—and explores the actions needed to address them. It also highlights the positive impact that advancing women’s public leadership has had in countries across the continent.