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The Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Center for Women and Development hosts programs that create opportunities for women in leadership and public service to further their ambitions and careers.

Representation is important – by increasing the number of women in public life and leadership, the Center will amplify the voices of all women and girls across Africa.


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.

The initiative addresses the underrepresentation of women in public leadership in Africa by ensuring that women become equal partners in setting national priorities and direction of their respective countries. It identifies and challenges African women who have demonstrable potential, bolstering their ambitions and simultaneously providing them with practical support so that they can successfully pursue and take up the highest positions in public leadership. Together with other African women leaders who pried open the doors before them, it is expected that these women will tear down structural barriers to unleash a wave of women public leaders in Africa.

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 a culture that values women’s leadership. 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.


President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s archives – personal and professional – will be available to all at the Center, with the original papers being hosted at Harvard University. Unique to Liberia and most of Africa, these archives will facilitate both individual and team research and scholarship.