Information about the African Women Leaders Project
The African Women Leaders Project (AWLP) is an 18-month initiative that provides support to women leaders in Sierra Leone and two other African countries. Four missions are being organized to Sierra Leone, where Club of Madrid Members and experts share leadership experiences related to increasing women’s access to decision making in the social, economic and political spheres with political decision-makers. Project activities are structured around three pillars: political leadership capacity building and gender awareness sessions; building of sustainable international networks; and advocacy actions. The project is being implemented in Sierra Leone in partnership with the Campaign for Good Governance and in association with the Network of women Leaders and Parliamentarians. The European Union and the Canadian International Development Agency fund the project.
Club of Madrid – Democracy that delivers
The Club of Madrid is an independent organization dedicated to strengthening democracy around the world by drawing on the unique experience and resources of its Members – 70 democratic former heads of state and government. In partnership with other organizations and governments that share its democracy-promotion goals, the Club of Madrid provides peer to peer counsel, strategic support and technical advice to leaders and institutions working towards democratic transition and consolidation. www.clubmadrid.org
Campaign for Good Governance
The Campaign for Good Governance is an advocacy organization promoting good governance and human rights in Sierra Leone. The organization has a national representation and focuses on four programmatic areas: decentralization and local governance, access to justice and realization of rights, security sector reform and civil society strengthening. www.slcgg.org
Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga
Former President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005)
Chandrika Kumaratunga is a Member of the Club of Madrid (2007). She was the fifth President (and fourth to hold the office as Executive president) of Sri Lanka and the country’s first female President. Her father, Solomon Bandaranaike, was assassinated while serving as Prime Minister in 1959. President Kumaratunga’s mother, Sirimavo Bandaranaike, was elected as the world’s first female Prime Minister in 1960. During her mother’s time in office, Ms. Kumaratunga served as Director Land Reforms Commission and as Chairperson of the Janawasa Commission for the alleviationof poverty. She worked in journalism for Le Monde and then as Managind Editor of the Dinakara Sinhala, a Sri Lankan Daily from 1977 to 1985. From 1976 to 1979, Ms. Kumaratunga served as an Expert Consultant to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
In May of 1993, Ms. Kumaratunga was elected to the Western Provincial Council of Sri Lanka and appointed as the Chief Minister of the Province. In August 1994, Ms. Kumaratunga contested the Parliamentary General Elections as the People’s Alliance’s Prime Ministerial candidate and was elected to Parliament and appointed Prime Minister in 1994. Seventeen years of National Party rule ended with Kumaratunga’s election to the Presidency campaigning on a platform of vigorous new efforts at lasting peace with the Tamil Tiger Movement (LTTE).
At the outset, Ms. Kumaratunga made strong peace overtures to the LTTE, but when a viable peace agreement could not be reached, she pursued a prolonged military campaign in the north of Sri Lanka. During the 1999 elections she was badly wounded in an LTTE assassination attempt.
Gloria Musu Scott
Member of the Liberian Senate (2005 - …)
A legal expert, Ms. Glora Musu Scott is a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Liberia, and a current member of the Liberian National Bar Association. As co-founder of the Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia, she has advocated for women’s rights. Ms. Scott was also an assistant professor at the Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law at the University of Liberia, from which she had received a bachelor’s degree in economics prior to her law degree. Ms. Scott also participates in the Independent Elections Commission.
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